Ivy-leaved Crowfoot - Ranunculus hederaceus


    Distinguished from other Water Crowfoots by its lack of any submerged, divided leaves, smaller flowers (3 to 6 mm) and 5 domed leaf lobes, which have their widest point at their base.

    Identification difficulty

    Found at the edge of small water bodies and by the sheltered backwaters of rivers. It often grows on the cattle-poached edges of ponds, ditches and streams, in wet gateways and on paths and tracks. It tolerates a broad range of pH and nutrient levels, including nitrophilous conditions.

    When to see it

    In flower during June, July, August and September.

    Life History

    Annual or short-lived perennial.

    UK Status

    It has declined since 1950 in areas where the agriculture is now mostly arable, but remains fairly frequent elsewhere.

    VC55 Status

    Becoming quite scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 19 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map