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Buttercup, Creeping

Herbaceous Perennial Flower

Ranunculus repens
Ranunculaceae Family

Wide and spreading with sunny yellow blooms, Creeping Buttercup is a cheerful addition to naturalized plantings, though probably too aggressive for more formal borders.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun
  • part shade

Soil conditions:

  • requires well-drained soil
Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Hardiness zones:

  • 3 to 8
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: easy

Requires regular maintenance to keep from spreading too aggressively.

Height: 1 to 2 feet

Spread: 2 to 6 feet

Bloom time:

  • late spring
  • early summer

Flower color: yellow

Foliage color: medium green

Foliage texture: medium

Shape: spreading mass

Shape in flower: flower stalks with upright spikes

Flowers borne on erect stems up to 2’ long.

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • aggressive - Spreads by stoloniferous stems and self-seeding.
  • non-invasive
  • not native to North America - Native to Europe, Asia.
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by seed, division or separation - Sow seed in spring. Divide in either spring or fall.

Maintenance and care:
Keep soil moist or foliage may fade. Remove faded foliage.

Deadhead to prevent self-seeding.

Divide frequently in spring or fall to control spread.

More growing information: How to Grow Perennials

‘Buttered Popcorn’: vivid yellow blooms on plants with cream and green variegated leaves.

‘Pleniflorus’: double yellow pompom-like blooms.