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Ranunculus eschscholtzii Schlecht.
Eschscholtz's buttercup, Subalpine Buttercup
USDA Symbol: RAES
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
5 shiny, brilliant yellow petals are part of flowers that are sometimes so numerous as nearly to hide the foliage of this low plant.
Subalpine Buttercup has the largest flowers of North American species. There are many Buttercups, most with shiny yellow petals, and most difficult to identify. Yellow marsh Marigold (Caltha asarifolia), from coastal bogs in Oregon to Alaska, resembles a Buttercup but lacks green sepals.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY Canada: AB
, BC Native Distribution:
Alaska to southern California; east to Alberta; throughout the Rocky Mountains to northern New Mexico. Native Habitat:
High in mountain meadows and on rocky slopes. USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
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
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff