Butter burr

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Butter burr

Post  Dave Martin on Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:26 am

This is an often seen British wild flower, common along the verges of the UK. It was used in times of yore to wrap butter in, the root being powdered and used to remove spots and skin blemishes!
I decided to have a go at turning it into an accent 3 years ago, you should know that the leaves of the plant can grow to an astonishing 36 inches in diameter (Source - Readers Digest, Field Guide to Wild Flowers of Britain), to be fair I have never seen them that large although it is common to see them 12 inches across.
It is a member of the Ligularia family (10/10 for Chris Thomas in recognising that!).




The pot is a Walsall Ceramics pot.

It is shown on a natural sized leaf collected from the verge.

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Post  Mike Jones on Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:37 pm

As I said elsewhere Dave; a beautiful image and superbly proportioned sat on a full size leaf. I still like it very much.

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Post  Jim Doiron on Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:43 pm

Great shot of a great accent. I love the use of the larger leaf in the shot, thanks for the background information too.

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Post  Russell Coker on Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:55 pm

Beautiful Dave!!

Does it bloom for you in a pot?

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Post  chris on Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:03 pm

Very very nice Dave

Regards Chris

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Post  Dave Martin on Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:51 am

Unfortunately Russell it doesn't or rather hasn't.
An interesting fact is that only male plants is common throughout the UK and female plants are usually found only in the North of England in Cheshire, Yorkshire, Lancashire Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. The male plant can produce female flowers at times.

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Post  Russell Coker on Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:07 am

That's interesting, Dave.

I didn't realize that about the flowers. I saw it in Japan, and assumed it was native there. They call it "fukitampopo", and pickle the flowers or leaf stems - I can't remember. I do remember seeing it as an early spring accent with the flowers poking up through the moss. I had no idea the leaves would reduce like this. We have a variegated form at the botanical garden here, so I'll hit up my friend there for a start.

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Re: Butter burr

Post  Dave Martin on Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:34 am

Russell,
this a member of the same family Ligularia, I think the Japanese one is Farfugium and the spotted one is commonly called the Leopard plant I believe. I think it has a yellow dandelion type flower whereas Butter burr has a spike of flowers which looks like individual cauliflower florets(the only way I can describe t having only seen a drawing).

Hope it helps

If you can cadge some of the Farfugium your lucky.

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Post  Russell Coker on Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:00 pm

Thanks Dave.

We had both, Petasties and Farfugium, and used them as accents. But I never saw Petasites used except when it was blooming in the spring. Farfugium (tsuwabuki) blooms in the fall with showy yellow flower on a tall stalk - and smells bad too! It also dwarfs nicely in a pot, and is a popular plant with MANY leaf forms and variegation. Petasites was the one that was pickled - or fried as tempura - or both - hell, I can't remember.

Also, the Petasites went dormant by late summer. It does that here too, but sooner. Does yours? I'll try to get a picture of the variegated one, it's really pretty.

Dave Martin wrote:If you can cadge some of the Farfugium your lucky.

I don't know what that means. Embarassed

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Post  Russell Coker on Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:46 pm

Hi Dave.

Here's that variegated Petasites...



The variegation is hard to see on the older foliage but is really pretty in the spring...



And here's one of the crested Farfugiums with a young F. 'gigantea' behind it...





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Re: Butter burr

Post  Dave Martin on Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:25 am

Thanks Russell,
I love the variegated Petasites it is native here, as regards it going dormant I am ashamed to say that my observation has never extended to that, although I have a feeling it remains 'in the green' all year round.

Farfugium varieties are a favourite of mine, but seem difficult to keep for some reason, probably through my own ineptitude.

Thanks for the pics.

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Re: Butter burr

Post  Todd Ellis on Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:38 pm

Dave,
I love your accent plant; very creative with the normal-size leaf to sit it on. It has a nice light feel and reminds me of our wild violets.
Best,
Todd

Kusamono with violets:

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