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Ranunculus reptans - L.

Common Name Creeping Spearwort
Family Ranunculaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards All parts of the plant are poisonous[19], the toxins being destroyed by heat or by drying[65]. The plant also has a strongly acrid juice that can cause blistering to the skin[65, 183].
Habitats A rare plant of lake margins in the Lake District and in Scotland[17].
Range Northern and central Europe, including Britain.
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Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Ranunculus reptans Creeping Spearwort


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Ranunculus reptans Creeping Spearwort
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Ranunculus reptans is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a fast rate.
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies, beetles.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Pond; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Root - cooked[257]. The roots have been baked and then dipped in oil before being eaten[257].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a moist loamy soil on the heavy side. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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