Creeping Buttercup – Ranunculus repens

Whole fields filled with these bright golden-yellow buttercups can be seen in early summer. The flowers have five petals, and the hairy leaves are triangular in outline and are divided into three coarsely toothed lobes. The fruits are rounded. It produces rooting runners which help the plant to spread and colonise the ground very quickly.

It flowers May to September. Found almost anywhere, but mainly damp nutrient-rich soils like meadows, marshes, fens, woodland clearings and rides, lake margins, waste ground , arable land and in gardens. Native, common and widespread throughout.