Sirhowy Hill Woodlands

Scientific name: Ranunculus repens

Creeping Buttercup

Creeping Buttercup is the common buttercup found in grassland, damp places, along woodland and field edges, and in parks and gardens. It flowers mainly between May and August and long, rooting runners help it to spread across lawns, much to the dissatisfaction of some gardeners. Yet this golden-cupped flower is a childhood favourite: if a yellow reflection appears when held up to the chin, it is considered as a sign that the person likes butter.

"Ranunculus repens3” by Petr Filippov, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0.

How to identify?

Creeping Buttercup can be distinguished from the other buttercups by the spreading way it grows with runners. Its yellow flowers are about 2cm across and hairy leaves are divided into three lobes with frayed edges.

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Scientific Name

Ranunculus repens

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