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Bulbous buttercup, any good experiences?

micearguersmicearguers CambridgePosts: 605
I found bulbous buttercup growing in a border. It was easy to pull out and looks rather lovely so I stuck it in a pot.  If it is easy to control I'd love to keep it, but I very much suspect it's not one of those, as apparently it sets a lot of seed. I couldn't find anything conclusive one way or another online (as opposed to creeping buttercup, nice in a meadow but not in a border). Has anyone had experience with it, good or bad?


  • didywdidyw East SuffolkPosts: 2,563
    I seem to have loads of it this year - never seen it in the garden before but that's probably because it was only last year that we really got to grips with getting our neglected garden into shape, so all that digging and ground elder removal probably allowed space for the bulbs to make a grab for some sunshine and space. I'm pulling mine out as much as I can.  We have fields near us - it can live there if it wants, but it's a no from me for the garden.
  • micearguersmicearguers CambridgePosts: 605
    Thanks @didyw, that's very useful to know. When you pull it out, is it relatively easy? Do you also find it has a lot of tiny bulblets that are difficult to retrieve?
  • didywdidyw East SuffolkPosts: 2,563
    Yes there are tiny bulblets that are difficult to retrieve so I'm thinking this is something that will be part of my weeding regime for a while yet.  They are all on the n. facing side of the garden that was particularly infested with ground elder so I think digging that up gave the dormant bulbs the light and air they needed to grow.
  • micearguersmicearguers CambridgePosts: 605
    Thanks, it sounds as if I should not be taking this particular chance. I'm busy enough as it is with removing Creeping Woodsorrel and Lesser Celandine. In both those cases I might give up the quest for eradication and opt for control actually. As the garden starts to become much more covered with plants it becomes harder and maybe also less necessary. Anyway, no need to introduce yet another. A pity, it's so pretty.
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