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Ranunculus californicus - Benth.
                 
Common Name California Buttercup
Family Ranunculaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards Although no specific record of toxicity has been found for this plant, many if not all members of this genus are poisonous. These toxins can be destroyed by heat or by drying[4, 10, 13, 19, 62, 65]. Many if not all plants in this genus also have a strongly acrid juice that can cause blistering to the skin[65, 183].
Habitats Grassy bluffs by the coast[60]. Grassland and open woodland from sea level to 2000 metres[270].
Range South-western N. America - Oregon to S. California..
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Ranunculus californicus California Buttercup


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Ranunculus californicus California Buttercup
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Physical Characteristics
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Ranunculus californicus is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from May to July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.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 soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

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Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Seed.
Edible Uses:

Seed - cooked[257]. It is usually ground into a powder and can then be used as a mush with water, a flavouring in soups, or mixed with cereals when making bread etc[105, 161, 257].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Prefers a moist loamy soil[1]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54].
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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