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Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens)

Key facts about Creeping Buttercup

  • Height: 5-50cm
  • Flowering Time: May – September
  • Flower colour: Sunny yellow
  • Growth habit: Low growing and spreading
  • Habitat: Typically found in disturbed habitats on damp, nutrient rich soils.
  • Appears in: Species Rich Meadowmat

Creeping Buttercup: Description

creeping buttercup ranunculus repens

Any of the five species of buttercup found in the UK is like a splash of gold. Creeping buttercup is classed by some farmers as a weed but there can be no denying that the flowers are absolutely gorgeous.

Creeping buttercup, is a perennial plant which, as the name implies, spreads via runners. The leaves sit close to the ground and are hairy with three lobes and light spots. Each flower is 20-30mm across with 5 shiny yellow petals arranged into a wide, flat plate.

Uses for Creeping Buttercup

As a decorative plant, creeping buttercup is great. It’s undemanding, easy to care for and will soon fill in any bare spots.

Short-tongued bees are the main pollinators for creeping buttercup. They are able to reach the food with their tongue because the flower is open with a flat shape.

In a wildlife friendly lawn, Creeping Buttercup is a real asset. This pretty little plant tolerates mowing very well indeed and doesn’t mind being walked on. This beautiful flower is persistently colourful, no matter what the weather does and the bright yellow flowers never fail to lift the spirits. You’ll find Creeping Buttercup in the seedmix for our Species Rich Meadowmat lawn turf. The perfect way to bring more biodiversity and less work into your garden.

  • Bright yellow flowers in the height of summer
  • Pollinator friendly
  • Self-sufficient plant needs no maintenance
  • Frost hardy
  • Perennial
  • Tolerates mowing and foot traffic

Species Rich Meadowmat is for gardeners and estate managers who want low maintenance lawns with all year round interest.

Find out more about species rich Meadowmat here 

Discover more about the different varieties of Meadowmat and where to use them in the garden.