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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Ranunculus fascicularis Muhl. ex Bigelow
Early buttercup, Tufted buttercup, Prairie Buttercup
USDA Symbol: rafa
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Early spring wildflower, 6-12 in. tall with spreading stems and divided, silky-haired leaves. Yellow, five-petaled flowers.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
AL , AR , CO , CT , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI Canada: ON Native Distribution:
NH, s. Ont. & MN, s. to GA, TX, e. KS & s.e. NE Native Habitat:
Dry, open woods; prairies USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitWarning: POISONOUS PARTS: All parts. Low toxicity if eaten. Minor skin irritation lasting minutes if touched. Symptoms include burning of the mouth, abdominal pain, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. Skin redness, burning sensation, and blisters following contact with cell sap. Toxic Principle: Protoanemonin, released from the glycoside ranunculin.(Poisonous Plants of N.C.)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Austin, TX
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Record Modified: 2012-10-03
Research By: TWC Staff