Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Buttercup chains

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Although daisy chains – made by splitting the stem of a daisy (Bellis perennis) are well known and frequently recorded, similar chains are occasionally made using buttercups (Ranunculus spp.).  The photograph shows one abandoned on the pavement in Looe, Cornwall, on 7 May 2018.

There is also a record in P-LA of a chain made from ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata), seen beside the Union Canal, near Linlithgow, West Lothian, in May 2011.  According to its maker, a woman, probably aged c. 40, she called ribwort plantain carol doddies, having learnt this name from her father in north Perthshire.

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