The Common Buttercup (Ranunculus acris) is one of our absolute favorite wildflowers. First off, we will give you some information about this beautiful glossy yellow wildflower. (Even being color deficient, I can easily see the color of yellow).
The Common Buttercup is a five-petaled flower that grows to a height of up to two to three feet. This wildflower grows in old fields, meadows and residential, business and park property. It flowers from May through September. The Buttercup is a European introduction; a fine one I will add, unlike the European Starling. The flower thrives in moist sites, which is about all of the United States the last two years.
I heard on the radio news in May that this is the first year in memory that there is not one county in any of the United States that is considered in drought watch. That is a piece of significant information to pass along.
The Buttercup has distinctive shiny waxy texture on the petals caused by a special layer of cells just beneath the surface cells. As the species name implies, the juice from stems and leaver is acrid, discouraging browsing animals and favoring the spread of the plant. Incidentally, we have several books in our library on wildflowers, animals, birds, rocks and minerals, clouds, butterflies and other creatures in nature. Much of the information contained in these types of columns comes from these books. The book used in this column is “The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers.” Get some of these books for your library.
I must relate a plan we devised in our back yard in 2018 and continued this year for four to six weeks. We leave a section of the yard unmowed to enjoy these precious wildflowers. Prior to that great idea, when I mowed over them, I would scream “forgive me” loudly. Of course no one could hear me since the mower was running. I actually did mean that statement. We laugh about it now.
Get outside and enjoy the things in nature that God gives us to enjoy each day.