Perennial herb belonging to the ranunculaceae family, the false buttercup (or ficaire) is a species that is often found in humid places such as forests, slopes or undergrowth. Like all Ranunculaceae, the false buttercup is a poisonous plant once grown and the ingestion in large quantities can cause severe nausea and burns in the throat. Its young shoots are however edible if flowering has not yet taken place.
Planting the ficaire
Planting is most often done by dividing tufts. The string multiplication then occurs spontaneously with the dissemination of small bulbs. However, your garden must have a humid and shaded habitat and a fresh and rich soil.
Watering the ficaire
The watering of the ficaire must be regular in order to allow this false buttercup to thrive in fresh soil. It will have all the more facilities to reproduce spontaneously.
Maintenance of the streak
The maintenance of the false buttercup is limited, the cultivation of this type of plant poses no difficulty.
Flowering takes place in March, April and May, leaving only the roots at the end of spring. It is then enough to uproot them and wait for the new shoot which will start the following winter. The streak flowers, yellow in color, are composed of 6 to 12 petals and located at the end of the stem. Very pretty, they will harmoniously brighten up your garden.
The diseases of the streak are essentially viral, transmitted by pests like the cochineal with shields which has the characteristic to multiply in a very short time. The ficaire can then lose its leaves and die.
Medicinal properties of the streak
Ficaria is widely cultivated in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. It is notably reputed to be a notorious anti hemorrhoid for external use. Its leaves and roots are generally used to combat circulatory problems thanks to their vasoconstrictive properties.