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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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Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Wet Soil Water Plants Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Ranunculus sceleratus Celery-Leaved Buttercup, Cursed buttercup


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Ranunculus sceleratus Celery-Leaved Buttercup, Cursed buttercup
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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 flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Flies, self.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].
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. This plant is unlikely to need much assistance. Division in spring.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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