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Ranunculus arvensis - L.

Common Name Corn Buttercup
Family Ranunculaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards All parts of the plant are poisonous when fresh, the toxins are destroyed by heat or by drying[4, 10, 19, 21, 65]. The plant also has a strongly acrid juice that can cause blistering to the skin[65, 183].
Habitats A weed of cornfields, especially on calcareous soils[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Norway south and east to N. Africa, W. Asia to the Himalayas.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Ranunculus arvensis Corn Buttercup


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Ranunculus arvensis is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to July, and the seeds ripen from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Flies.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Antiasthmatic  Antirheumatic  Febrifuge

The plant is used is used in the treatment of intermittent fevers, gout and asthma[240].

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Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

A weed of arable land, preferring calcareous soils[17]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ. You are very unlikely to need to encourage this plant.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

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Readers comment

Will Messenger   Tue Jul 31 2007

Excellent, it is good to find that others are interested in this delightful weed. I have grown it as a weed in my vegetable garden for over 20 years and am looking at ways of distributing seed (ok fruits) as widely as possible.

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