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Ranunculus sceleratus - L.

Common Name Celery-Leaved Buttercup, Cursed 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 In and by slow streams, ditches and shallow ponds of mineral rich water and muddy bottoms, avoiding acid soils[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, mainly in northern and central areas..
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Ranunculus sceleratus Celery-Leaved Buttercup, Cursed buttercup


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Ranunculus sceleratus is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Flies. The plant is self-fertile.
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 and can grow in water.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Pond; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Young plant cooked[2, 105]. It is said to be not unwholesome if the plant is boiled and the water thrown away[4] and then the plant cooked again[272]. Caution is strongly advised, see the notes above on toxicity and below on medicinal uses.

Medicinal Uses



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Acrid;  Anodyne;  Antirheumatic;  Antispasmodic;  Diaphoretic;  Emmenagogue;  Rubefacient.

The celery-leafed buttercup is one of the most virulent of our native plants[4]. The whole plant is acrid, anodyne, antispasmodic, diaphoretic and emmenagogue and rubefacient[21, 240]. When bruised and applied to the skin it raises a blister and creates a sore that is by no means easy to heal. If chewed it inflames the tongue and produces violent effects[4]. The herb should be used fresh since it loses its effects when dried[21]. The leaves and the root are used externally as an antirheumatic[218]. The seed is tonic and is used in the treatment of colds, general debility, rheumatism and spermatorrhoea[218].

Other Uses

Fungicide.

An extract of the leaves can be used as a fungicide[65].

Cultivation details

A plant of boggy soils and shallow water, it prefers a loamy soil and a sunny position. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. This plant is unlikely to need much assistance. Division in spring.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

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

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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