Dec. 2, 2017
cursed crowfoot, Ranunculus scleratus
This little flower shares our enthusiasm for mud. It grows around the northern hemisphere; in North America it is in every state and province except LB, and on SPM. One reason for its great success is that it does seem to be a curse. The juice, on contact with the skin, causes nasty and persistent blisters. So if you're a lazy photographer, and decide to pick it instead of getting down in the mud, be careful. Or lucky. I only just now found out that I was indeed lucky not to have suffered for that sin. Cursed crowfoot is listed as special concern in CT and RI. Lenawee Co MI, 5/20/12.