Ranunculus aconitifolius

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Ranunculus aconitifolius
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Ranunculus
Species: R. aconitifolius
Binomial name
Ranunculus aconitifolius

Ranunculus aconitifolius (aconite-leaf buttercup, bachelor's buttons) is a species of flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae, native to central Europe. Growing to 60 cm (24 in) high by 40 cm (16 in) broad,it is an herbaceous perennial with palmate leaves up to 20 cm (8 in) long, and panicles of white, saucer-shaped flowers in spring.[1][2]

The leaves and stems are slightly hairy. Erect stems, palmate leaves and flowers in loose clusters characterize this species. This species forms clumps, sometimes large colonies in moist places in mountains, meadows, edges of ditches and streams.

The double flowered cultivar R. aconitifolius 'Flore Pleno' (fair maids of France, fair maids of Kent) has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3]


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ taxonomy. "Taxonomy browser (Ranunculus aconitifolius)". Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Ranunculus aconitifolius 'Flore Pleno'". Retrieved 30 May 2013.