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Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens)

Sunday 17th September 2017

During the intervals between when the grass is mowed you will probably see a flower many of us know from our childhood, the buttercup. Fewer people are aware that there are several different species of buttercup including the meadow buttercup, bulbous buttercup and the species pictured below, the creeping buttercup. All three have distinctive glossy yellow cup shaped flowers whilst the latter is most notable as a garden weed due to its ability to spread through runners, directly competing with many a lawn.

By Tom Cowley

Fun fact: A commonly practiced game among children is to hold a buttercup under one another’s chins, if the buttercup shines yellow onto the chin it is a sign that that child likes butter.

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