Perhaps some of the brightest flowers on show in July are the Buttercups. The name “Buttercup” is thought to come from a belief that Buttercups gave butter its colour- however cows do not actually tend to eat Buttercups as they are quite poisonous.
Here at Belfairs we have four species, but the two you are most likely to come across are Creeping Buttercup and Meadow Buttercup. Creeping Buttercup tends to have a more “creeping” habit, whereas Meadow Buttercup tends to be more erect. I think the easiest way to distinguish between these species is the shape of the leaf- Creeping Buttercup has a more triangular leaf shape, whereas Meadow Buttercup has a deeply cut, pentagonal shape.