Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Creeping Buttercup (Spot-Leaved Crowfoot) (Poisonous) (Ranunculus repens)

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Date Location Notes Images
May 26, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire The light-colored splotches (spots) on the tops of the leaves help identify this Buttercup. Notice in the pictures below that the sepals are spread (not recurved down), the plant spreads with runners.

The key was followed in this way:
  • Plants terrestial (not aquatic).
  • Some of the leaf blades are lobed or compound.
  • Leaves +- monomorphic (relatively similar) and basal leaves are not simple, but are compound.
  • Larger leaves are compound (have unwinged petiolules).
  • Petals 6 - 15 mm long.
  • Sepals spreading.
  • Flower petals widest above the midde. Roots slender.
  • Style is short and curved.