Creeping Buttercup - Ranunculus repens


Short to medium generally hairy plant with long creeping and rooting runners. Flowers golden yellow 20 to 30 mm in lax clusters, sepals erect.

Similar Species

Often confused with R bulbosus and R acris - all are common and found in grasslands

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Basal leaves - a short section of stalk separates final leaf lobe from two basal side-lobes.  Sepals not turned down; fitting underneath the petals 

Recording advice

Photos of basal leaves and sepals (a side-on view of flower, not 'full face') 


Grassy habitats, especially on wet and heavy soils. Meadows, road verges, marshes, etc.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History


UK Status

Common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 606 of the 617 tetrads.  Listed as Native and Frequent in the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011)

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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