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Creeping Buttercup

Ranunculus repens

Also known as

Crowfoot, Creeping Crowfoot, Buttercup

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Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Creeping Buttercup Overview

Also known as creeping buttercup, this perennial weed is usually found growing in lawns and moist soils and indicates that the soil structure may need improving. It is found mainly in shaded gardens and woodlands, and it propagates through stolons that run across the ground and become invasive. Regular weeding can remove it over time as its roots can be deep. Short-tongued bees can be found feeding on these bright yellow flowers between May and August.

Common problems with Creeping Buttercup

How to propagate Creeping Buttercup


Propagation is by seed when fresh.


Division of the root in the spring or autumn.

Special features of Creeping Buttercup

Ground cover

Wet sites

Other uses of Creeping Buttercup

Juice is poisonous if eaten.

Plants for Short Grass Areas

height 15cm

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Common Weeds

A weed is a plant in the wrong place, these are the most likely to appear where they are not wanted.

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