Ranunculus acris
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Ranunculus acris


  family ranunculaceae 
  genus ranunculus 

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Genus  Ranunculus Species  acris Variety  Cultivar  Common names  buttercup   Buidhaeg Family  RANUNCULACEAE Specimen number  S8575 Data source  DyePl p64;Poison p104
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Prostrate Overall height  1' - 2' 6" Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The flowers of Ranunculus acris have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Purple is the most typical color produced by Buttercup. Ranunculus acris is known as Buidhaeg in Gaelic. Buttercup has been used in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland for dyeing. It is used in dyeing wool. When dyeing with this plant, baking soda is added to the dye pot to modify the color obtained.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Juice Poisonous indications  Its sap contains protoanemonin which irritates the skin causing blisters and ulceration; when ingested it causes colic, diarrhea, and nephritis. Internal poison  yes Dermatologic poison  yes Livestock poison  yes Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The juice of this plant is toxic. It is poisonous if ingested. It causes dermatitis when touched. Keep out of pastures and away from livestock grazing areas. Its sap contains protoanemonin which irritates the skin causing blisters and ulceration; when ingested it causes colic, diarrhea, and nephritis.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Flowers Dye color  purple
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Ranunculus acris is considered to have originated from Scotland.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Ranunculus acris is a perennial. Flowers: Buttercup has cup shaped flowers each with 5 to 20 petals. Flowers begin in May and don't stop until August. Most often the blossoms occur in either gold or yellow.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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