Height : 38 cm to 55 cm included Origin : Asia Environment : humid places, swamps; in the shade; on slightly acidic soils Climate : temperate, cold
Notes : Ranunculus (Buttercup) is a wide genus of flowering plants (600 species) native of temperate and cold areas of Asia. Buttercup was soon exported, however, and it was already well known in Europe in the ancient times, so much that Latin writer Apuleius called it The Wicked Herb because of the toxic properties. The Latin name Ranunculus means “small frog”, but it was the Greeks who first baptized the plant hinting at the frogs, by calling it Batrachion. The reason is that Buttercup loves the shade and the humid places near stagnant waters, just like frogs do! The plant and flower are toxic for both humans and animals, causing (amongst other things) skin ulceration.