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Article: Creeping Buttercup

Creeping Buttercup
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Creeping Buttercup

Common Name

Creeping buttercup

Scientific Name

Ranunculus repens

Family

Ranunculaceae

Lifecycle

Perennial

Seasons of Growth

Flowers from May to June. Seeds can germinate anytime during Autumn/Winter.

Key Distinguishing Feature

Creeping buttercup has short, enlarged stems and creeping base that root at the nodes. Can be distinguished from other buttercup species by the low creeping ground cover it provides. Leaves are a dark green with light patches and have spiky edges. Flowers have bright yellow, glossy petals and grow singly along the stalks of the plant.

Creeping buttercup’s competitive growth crowds out other plants, especially in wet soils. One plant can spread over a 40 square meter area in a year. Creeping buttercup also depletes potassium in the soil and so can have a detrimental effect on surrounding plants. Because creeping buttercup can tolerate heavy, wet soils, it can be a particularly bad problem on well-watered lawns, wet meadows and poorly drained pastures.

Key Products for Control:

BroadForce MA - 60mL/100sqm

For 6-months weed germination prevention, we recommend Pre-Emergent Herbicides, such as; Spartan, Barricade, or Onset.

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