- best known as the buttercup
Ranunculus is probably best known under the name of buttercup. The buttercup's petals are as its name suggests, the same yellow colour as butter.
The two most common buttercup species in the meadows along the river Kongeå are creeping buttercups and meadow buttercups.
Low buttercups grow in culture-affected meadows while meadow buttercups grow in natural meadows.
Most buttercup species contain a toxin that causes grazing animals to leave the plant alone. The toxic content of the plant peaks when it flowers and it becomes harmless when dried out. Therefore hay that contains buttercups is not toxic.
Facts about creeping buttercups
Height: 10-50 cm
Flowers in May, June and July. Grows in nutrient-rich soil and can be found in meadows, forests, gardens, along ditches and on arable land.
The leaves are hairy with stalked central section. The flowers are 2-3 cm wide and are a glistening yellow colour.
Very common throughout the whole country.
Facts about meadow buttercups
Height: 10-60 cm
Flowers in May, June and July. Grows in damp soil in meadows, grasslands and thickets.
Stem with several butter-yellow flowers with width of up to 2.5 cm.
Common throughout the whole country.