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Common Name: Bulbous Buttercup
Ranunculus bulbosus is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It has edible and medicinal uses.
All parts of the plant are poisonous, the toxins can be destroyed by heat or by drying[
]. The plant has a strongly acrid juice that can cause blistering to the skin[
Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to N. Africa and Greece.
Meadows, lawns, dry pastures, grassy slopes and fixed dunes, preferring a calcareous sub-strata[
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Beetles, Lepidoptera
Prefers a moist loamy soil[
A common weed of lawns and gardens, it can be very difficult to eradicate when established[
]. It is a polymorphic species[
] and there is at least one named variety which has been selected for its ornamental value[
A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[
Leaves - cooked. A famine food used when all else fails[
], and I would rather give it a miss even then[
Root - must be dried beforehand and thoroughly cooked[
]. When boiled, the roots are said to become so mild as to be eatable[
], though personally, I would rather give this one a miss as well[
]. See the notes above on toxicity.
The whole plant, and especially the sap, is acrid, anodyne, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, rubefacient[
]. It was at one time rubbed on the skin by beggars in order to produce open sores and thereby excite sympathy[
The root has been placed in a tooth cavity to act as a painkiller[
A decoction of the plant has been used in the treatment of VD[
Use this remedy with caution, see the notes above on toxicity[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. This species is a common weed and doesn't really need any help from us.
Division in spring. Very easy, though probably totally unnecessary, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions.