Species: Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

Family: Buttercups (RANUNCULACEAE)

Category: Flowering Plants

Location: NW

A. Flowering Plants

More extensive information on flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Buttercups (RANUNCULACEAE)

Members of this poisonous family have bisexual flowers, and they include many common garden plants as well as wildflowers. The family name means 'little frog'!

C. Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

This is one of our native buttercups. The yellow flowers, which appear from April, when eaten by cattle, were thought to give butter its yellow colour. It is said that someone likes butter if a flower held under the chin gives a yellow reflection. This belief was the basis of the famous Bird's Custard advertisement.

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Meadow Buttercup

The Meadow Buttercup is one of our native buttercups.

Meadow Buttercup

The yellow flowers of the Meadow Buttercup appear from April. When eaten by cattle, they were thought to give butter its yellow colour.

Meadow Buttercup

It is said that someone likes butter if a Meadow Buttercup flower held under the chin gives a yellow reflection.

Meadow Buttercup

The family name of the Meadow Buttercup, ranunculus, means 'little frog'!