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Buttercups are mean and look like strawberries

As a beginner gardener, one of the first things I’ve learnt is how to tell apart buttercup leaves from strawberries.

To the untrained eye, they look exactly the same. Buttercups, though, are mean: they’re considered a weed when you’re growing strawberries, as the plant wraps around the strawberries’ stems, and they intertwine so closely that they suck the life out of it and your potentially gorgeous strawberries will suffer. And of course buttercups grow incredibly fast.

Granted, the flowers are pretty but strawberries are prettier, and nicer to eat.

So, how do we tell them apart? Spots, that’s the secret.

Buttercup leaf

 

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