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It gets its name from the bright yellow saucer-shaped flowers, and is a traditional childhood 'test' of whether you like butter according to whether or not the flower reflects a bright yellow patch when held under your chin (it always does). This is an essential plant for a wildflower meadow, and is visited by various insects including flies, small moths and solitary bees. The small green and yellow leaf beetle Hydrothassa marginata eats both the flowers and seeds.

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  • Posted: Sun. 7th June 2009 09:27