See it in the Water Gardens and other areas of long
The meadow buttercup (Ranunculus acris) is
one of the more common buttercups across Europe and a welcome sign
of early summer.
Buttercups (Ranunculus) take their name from rana the
latin for frog probably because of their liking for damp
conditions. Distinct from the common buttercup, which can be a
nuisance in lawns, this elegant buttercup can reach 90cm in
height and is a feature of damp grassland and pastures.
The second part of the meadow buttercups scienific name
'acris' means biting or sharp which releates to the
unpleasant taste of the plant. The bitter taste is, of course, a
deterent to being eaten by grazing animals. This is
just as well, as like many buttercups, Ranunculus acris is
poisonous eaten in large enough quantity.
The toxin is at its highest concentration at the flowering
stage, however it degrades rapidly and there is little risk to
livestock if dried buttercups are included in hay.
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