Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Prairie Buttercup: Glossy yellow grassland flowers

I was happy to find Prairie Buttercups on my May flower outing — that's when they bloom, but I missed them last year.

Prairie Buttercup flowers are a fresh yellow, about half an inch across, and grow one per hairy stem. Vance/Jowsey describes the petals' sheen as having "a smooth 'painted' look", and some really do look like a gloss of paint — or perhaps nail polish — has just been applied.

Prairie Buttercup flower. Photo © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
Prairie Buttercup.   © SB

Usually, Prairie Buttercups have five petals, though that may vary and one I found had six. (Is that Saskatchewan's equivalent to the four-leaf clover? If so, will its photograph, below, bring me luck?)

Prairie Buttercup flower. Photo © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
Prairie Buttercup, with lucky six petals. © SB

Prairie Wildflower: Praire Buttercups (
Ranunculus rhomboideus)  
Location: Condie Nature Refuge, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo Date: May 22, 2013. 

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