Ranunculus nivalis L.
Ranunculus nivalis, commonly known as snow buttercup, is a perennial with dark yellow flowers.
Ranunculus nivalis was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.
Ranunculus nivalis is a species in the genus Ranunculus which contains approximately 432 to 2271 species and belongs to the family of the Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family). The type species of the genus is Ranunculus auricomus.
The perennials reach heights of 5 to 25 centimetres.
Ranunculus nivalis is evergreen. The simple leaves are basal. They are palmately lobed, entire and petiolate.
Flowers and Fruits
Ranunculus nivalis produces solitary yellow five-stellate flowers from June to August.
The perennials produce nutlets.
Ranunculus nivalis is native to Northern Europe.
Maintenance and Propagation
The sap may irritate the skin
Please read the health issues note!
Pests and Diseases
Honeydew, galls and distorted leaves are a sign for an infestation with aphids. Use an insecticide or control biologically , e.g. with parasitic wasps or predators such as Aphidoletes aphidimyza.
A powdery white coat on the plants indicates an infection with powdery mildew. Remove affected plants and apply a fungicide. To prevent infection improve ventilation, keep the roots moist and do not water the plants from above.
Gnaw marks and slime trails indicate a problem with slugs. Prevent infestation by improving hygiene and by regularly working the soil. In case of an infestation use slug pellets or nematodes to control pest. Handpicking the slug also helps, do this preferably in the evening hours.
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- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.