Observed: June 25, 2011 @ 8:00 AM
Posted on: June 25, 2011 @ 3:09 PM (diff: 0 days)
Buttercup - Ranunculus acris - This flower's signature is the waxy or glossy bright yellow flower which it produces all summer long. It is mostly found in fields and meadows preferring well drained soils. The Buttercup may grow as high as 3 feet, but most are usually between 1 and 2 feet in height. All parts of the Buttercup are poisonous. Cattle will seldom graze buttercups and so the plant often stands well above the cropped grasses of many pastures. Chemical ingredients which make the Buttercup poisonous also protect it from soil bacteria. Early settlers used a preparation made from the Buttercup plant to dissolve warts.