Buttercups are not native to Maine. They were introduced into the United States from Europe. There are four species of Buttercups: Smallflower buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus), Creeping buttercup (Ranunculus repens),Bulbous buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus), shown here, and Tall Buttercup Ranunculus acris. They are all regarded as invasive weeds which are nearly impossible to eradicate. Other names for Buttercups are blister plant, butter flower, butterrose, common buttercup, crazy weed, field buttercup, gold cup, meadow buttercup, tall crowfoot, tall field buttercup, upright meadow crowfoot. They are lovely to behold in all their golden yellow, butterscotch glory, though, especially in a great sweep like this one pictured here. "Follow the yellow brick road!" , For a list of protected and endangered wildflowers in Maine see http://plants.usda.gov/java/threat Wildflowers should be left undisturbed where they are found. To uproot and attempt to transplant them puts the species at risk. Wildflowers are dependent on very specific soil, water and light requirements which a home gardener can rarely reproduce.
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