Celery-leaved Buttercup - Ranunculus sceleratus


Medium, rather stout mostly hairless plant, it can be quite variable in appearance. Flowers yellow 5 to 10 mm numerous in branched clusters. Petals equalling the downturned sepals.

Identification difficulty

Wet meadows, shallow pools, the margins of slow moving streams, wet ditches and pond margins.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History


UK Status

Common in central, southern and eastern England, less so elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 346 of the 617 tetrads.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map