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(Ranunculus Bulbosus)

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    Buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus) is also known as St. Anthony's Turnip, Bulbous Buttercup, Crowfoot, Frogsfoot and Goldcup.

    The vibrant yellow flower of Buttercup is a beauty to behold; however, it is a strong, and sometimes toxic plant which can also be used for medicinal purposes. The bulbous Buttercup causes inflammation and blistering of the skin, and has antispasmodic properties. For hundreds of years, beggars of Europe have used this flower to keep open sores inflamed for the purpose of exciting sympathy. A Buttercup extract was also used to remove warts.

    Buttercup is a perennial that has attractive yellow flowers and deeply divided, three-lobed long-petrioled basal leaves. Bulbous buttercup is known to form tufts. The stems are 20 to 60 cm tall, ererct, branching, and slightly hairy flowering. There are alternate and sessile leaves on the stem. The flower forms at the apex of the stems, and is shiny annd yellow with 5 to 7 petals. The flowers are 1.5 to 3 cm wide. The plant blooms from April to July. Bulbous buttercup gets its name from its distinctive perennating organ, a bulb-like swollen underground stem or corm, which is situated just below the soil surface. After the plant dies in heat of summer, the corm survives underground through the winter. Although the presence of a corm distinguishes Ranunculus bulbosus from some other species of buttercup such as Ranunculus acris, the species also has distinctive reflexed sepals.

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    Bulbous buttercup grows in lawns, pastures and fields in general, preferring nutrient-poor, well-drained soils. Although it does not generally grow in proper crops or improved grassland, it is often found in hay fields and in coastal grassland. The native range of Ranunculus bulbosus is Western Europe between about 60°N and the Northern Mediterranean coast. It grows in both the eastern and western parts of North America as an introduced weed.


    This plant, like other buttercups, contains the toxic glycoside ranunculin. It is avoided by livestock when fresh, but when the plant dries the toxin is lost, so hay containing the plant is safe for animal consumption.

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    Today Buttercup is used to clear up skin problems, treat arthritis, rhinitis, which is nasal irritation or inflammation, and rheumatism.

    There are some who believe this flower relieves sciatic pain. The root of Buttercup is said to raise blisters more effectively than Spanish Fly and works well when applied to joints, especially when treating gout. Applying juice in the nostrils causes sneezing and can cure certain types of headaches. A tincture made from the leaves will heal shingles quickly, dry up small pimples, and relieve the pain of sciatica.


    Buttercup comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products.

    Due to its toxicity, caution should be used when taking this herb. For best results, read and follow product label directions.

    Adults (18 Years & Older)

    There is no proven safe or effective dose for bulbous buttercup. Tea made from fresh leaves has been used for gastrointestinal upset, and decoctions of bulbous buttercup have been used to treat sexually transmitted diseases. Tinctures taken by mouth have also been used for sciatica and shingles. Fresh root put in the tooth cavity has been used for dental cavity pain, and the juice of fresh bulbous buttercup has been applied to nostrils to induce sneezing for the relief of headache. For pain and rheumatism, freshly ground upper parts of the plant rubbed directly on the area of pain to form blisters has been used.

    Children (Younger Than 18 Years)

    There is no proven safe or effective dose for bulbous buttercup. However, 1 tablespoon of cooled infusion (2 drachms of fresh root cut into small pieces infused in 1 pint of hot water) has been used for obstinate sore mouth.


    Buttercup should be used with caution due to its toxic nature. It is suggested that you use Buttercup only under the supervision of your health care provider. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.

    Interactions With Drugs

  • Bulbous buttercup may cause ventricular fibrillation. Patients taking anti-arrhythmic medications should use bulbous buttercup with caution.
  • Bulbous buttercup may cause vomiting. Caution is advised in patients taking other herbs or supplements that induce vomiting.
  • Bulbous buttercup may be hepatotoxic (liver damaging). Patients taking medications that may also be liver damaging should consult with a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist.
  • Protoanemonin, a constituent of bulbous buttercup, may cause respiratory failure at toxic doses. Patients taking bulbous buttercup in combination with other medications with respiratory side effects should use with caution. Consult with a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist, before combining any therapies.

  • Interactions With Herbs & Dietary Supplements

  • Bulbous buttercup may cause ventricular fibrillation. Patients taking anti-arrhythmic herbs and supplements should use bulbous buttercup with caution.
  • Bulbous buttercup may cause vomiting. Caution is advised in patients taking other herbs or supplements that induce vomiting.
  • Bulbous buttercup may be hepatotoxic (liver damaging). Patients taking herbs or supplements that may also be liver damaging, such as kava, should consult with a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist.
  • Protoanemonin, a constituent of bulbous buttercup, may cause respiratory failure at toxic doses. Patients taking bulbous buttercup in combination with other herbs and supplements with respiratory side effects should use with caution.


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