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Tall Buttercup

Ranunculus acris
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Habitat: Damp meadows, clearings and roadsides.

Description: Tall, and hairy.  Leaves have long stalks, and grow at the base of stems.  3-5 lobes, heart shaped, with ragged edges.  Glossy yellow flowers in loose clusters at stem tip.

Size: 30-80 cm tall.

Fun Facts: The sap of the tall buttercup is extremely painful if it comes in contact with the mouth or other mucus membranes.  It can also cause sores, and boils on the skin.

Source:  Johnson D., L. Kershaw, A. MacKinnon, and J. Pojar. Plants of the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland.  1995.  Lone Pine Publishing.

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Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal
Smilacina stellata

Habitat: It is widely distributed throughout Alberta. It prefers moist wooded areas or along the edges of river banks.

Description: Large, stiff leaves zig-zag up the plants stems.  At the top of the plant a few small star-shaped flowers, white in colour grow.

Size: 20-60cm

Fun Facts: The root, when made into a powder, was...

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