On the Trails: Buttercups and their relatives


“Buttercups”—the name conjures up an image of lots of bright yellow flowers, which we enjoyed recently in Cowee Meadows and which brighten the roadsides. But, for some, the name is a reminder of a plant that becomes a nuisance in a well-maintained (typically non-native) garden or yard, because some species can develop extensive underground rhizomes and root systems that are hard to eliminate. Buttercups belong to the genus Ranunculus (meaning ‘little frog’ in Latin), encompassing at least ten native species, in the taxonomic family Ranunculaceae. The family includes several other locally occurring genera, such as Cooley buttercup (Kumlienia), monkshood (Aconitum), marsh marigold (Caltha), meadow rue (Thalictrum), columbine (Aquilegia), anemones

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