Ranunculus flammula

Ranunculus flammula

Lesser spearwort

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Ranunculus flammula
  • Common name: Lesser spearwort
  • Family: Ranunculaceae
  • Plant Type: Bog, Marginal, Perennial, Pond
Flower colour:

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Green

Lesser spearwort, Ranunculus flammula, is one of Britain’s four native spearworts. Its botanical name ‘flammula’ comes from the latin ‘flamma’, meaning flame, and probably relates to the fiery flavour (and toxicity) of its leaves. Touching or eating any part of the plant may irritate the skin or cause stomach upset.

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A marginal plant, it bears pretty yellow buttercups from May to August. Perfect for the pond edge, its sprawling nature provides the perfect cover for wildlife in and around the pond. Its blooms attract a variety of pollinating insects.

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Grow Ranunculus flammula at the pond edge or in a bog garden, in full sun to partial shade. It will readily self seed.

How to grow Ranunculus flammula

  • Plant size

    50cm height

    30cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / boggy / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do not Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Ranunculus flammula and wildlife

Ranunculus flammula is known for attracting bees and beneficial insects. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Attractive to Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Ranunculus flammula poisonous?

Ranunculus flammula irritates skin and causes an upset stomach.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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