Meadow Buttercup

Name: Meadow Buttercup

Scientific name: Ranunculus acris

Category: Flowers

Nature Stars: 30

What are nature stars?

About: Very common in meadows and pastures, also found in parks, gardens and woodland edges.

How to identify: Doesn't have the runners of Creeping Buttercup.

Where: Found throughout the country.

Fantastic fact: Meadow Buttercups can become common in grazed pastures because they are poisonous to grazing animals: they have a chemical called protoanemonin in their sap.

Photograph credit: Neil Wyatt