What's up, Buttercup? On Saturday, I was with another group that did a planting at Panola Mountain State Park. (Will tell you about this later, I promise!) There were some small yellow flowers that to me looked very much like the buttercups that I know in England. Well, guess what...it IS the same flower! We saw a great mass of them growing near the wetlands area where we planted a certain kind of milkweed. Reading the description, it makes sense that we saw it there since it says that they grow near water. (The name, "Ranunculus" is Latin for little frogs.) The petals are described as "highly lustrous". Yes, that sounds just right to me, they were very shiny, almost as if they had been freshly painted.
They are native to Europe but they are also in North America. It isn't clear if it is considered invasive...some sites had it listed as a "weed of some concern" but I saw it elsewhere as being perfectly fine if it is in a meadow setting, which is where we saw it.
I looked at a list of buttercups...the list showed 62 different varieties! So...I only know the flower of the buttercup looked the same in England as the one that I saw in Georgia. If it is not the same exact flower, it is closely related.
"Build Me Up Buttercup" is a great song from 1968. If you don't know it, you should! (This was by The Foundations...did you know this was a British band, the first multi-racial band in the 1960's to have a hit in the UK? The songwriters are Mike d'Abo and Tony Macaulay. See what you learn from me!)