1. The Botanical Magazine
  2. The Botanical Magazine, Volume VI

Ranunculus Aconitifolius

Mountain Crowfoot or Fair Maids of France
Class and Order
Polyandria Polygynia
Generic Character
Cal. 5-phyllus. Petala 5-intra ungues poro mellifero. Sem. nuda.
Specific Character and Synonyms
RANUNCULUS aconitifolius foliis omnibus quinatis lanceolatis inciso-serratis. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. ed. 14. Murr. p. 516. Ait. Kew. v. 1. p. 267
RANUNCULUS folio aconiti, flore albo multiplici. Bauh. Pin. 179
RANUNCULUS montanus albus flore pleno. The double white mountain Crowfoot. Park. Parad. p. 219. f. 9
Double white Bachelors Buttons. Ger. Herb. p. 812. f. 1.

This is one of those plants which derives its beauty from the multiplication of its petals; in its single state no one would think it deserving of culture as an ornamental plant: when double, few plants come in for a greater share of admiration.

It is a native of the Alps of Europe, and flowers in May and June.

Was very generally cultivated in our gardens in the times of Gerard and Parkinson.

Like most alpine plants, it requires a pure air, and succeeds best in a situation moderately moist and shady; is a hardy perennial, and may be increased by parting its roots in autumn.

In all seasons, with us, its foliage, as well as that of most other Crowfoots, is liable to be disfigured, and sometimes nearly destroyed, by a very small maggot which feeds betwixt, the coats of the leaf, and which ultimately produces a small fly, called by us Musca Ranunculi.

204Ranunculus Aconitifolius
Ranunculus Aconitifolius
Mountain Crowfoot or Fair Maids of France

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