CREEPING BUTTERCUP (Ranunculus repens)

Creeping Buttercups

Europe, Asia, NW Africa

This wildflower favours damp shady spots, putting out a formidable network of roots & runners. It has the reputation of being a weed and a nuisance in gardens.

The hairy, lightly spotted leaves of Creeping Buttercup are divided into three lobes with frayed edges. Between May & August, its bright, glossy YELLOW flowers appear. They are pollinated by short-tongued bees attracted by the nectar & pollen.

Creeping Buttercups closeup crop

Creeping Buttercup with insect

 

 

 

   …this golden-cupped flower is a childhood favourite: if a yellow reflection appears when it is held up to the chin, it is considered as a sign that the person likes butter.

Wildlife Trusts . https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/wildflowers/creeping-buttercup

 

Ours is a shy and retiring Buttercup. It has grown here against a strip of wood from the old greenhouse for decades, only ever managing a few flowers per season. When moved across the path to the shady border in 2013, it flowered prolifically.

 

In 2014 the neighbouring Ivy had a good year and overgrew the Buttercup. During 2015, only a few morsels of Ranunculus repens remained.

Other names: Crazy Moir, Creeping Crowfoot, Devil, Sitfast, Yellow Cups.

 

 

Here at the Highbury Wildlife Garden we also had Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris) for a season. This plant’s flowers are similar to those of our resident Buttercup, but its leaves are deeply divided.

 

Other names: Gil Cup, Golden Seal, Golden Stands, Goldy, Hop o’ My Thumb, Lady’s Slipper, Tall Buttercup.