Wild Buttercup Photos and Information

A field of yellow buttercups.
The wild buttercup is a member of the ranunculus genus. There are several different varieties, often with yellow flowers. They all typically contain, acrid protoanemonin glycoside oil to some extent. Thus they are listed as poisonous. There are some known pharmacological uses. They are considered an invasive weed in gardens.

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July 13, 2020

Can you tell me if this is a weed, it's growning very fast.

Identifying a Yellow Flowering Weed? - creeping buttercup


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This looks like Buttercup. The flowers are pretty and attract bees and butterflies. The downside to these fast-growing flowering plants, is that after the flower dies off, the seed heads they make are those round balls or burrs . The individual seed looks like a "comma", and have a tiny hook on the small end that grabs onto anything that gets near it.....your clothes, your pets, etc.


If you don't mind picking the seeds off yourself or your pets, they are an attractive plant. Otherwise, you might consider them an obnoxious weed you'll want to pull and dispose of.

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This is definitely a type of wild buttercup and it really looks like the Bulbous Buttercup but other types are so similar it's difficult to tell.
I agree, the best way to maybe ID the species is to look at the leaves but even some of those are almost the same.
From what most agriculture sites state, all species are similar enough that all can be treated in the same manner but the Bulbous Buttercup has a corm and can spread from the corn and from roots at the top (bad and difficult to eradicate).


"Closely related species are creeping buttercup and tall or Meadow buttercup. However, bulbous buttercups have a characteristic bulb-shaped base, referred to as 'corm'."

Bulbous Buttercup - information - herbicide needed to eradicate from yard.

This site shows were it grows so check to see if your state is included.

If still in doubt or need more information on killing what you have you can contact your county extension agency for help.

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It appears to be one of the many types of creeping buttercups. I would match the leave to figure it out.

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This looks like a spiny sowthistle. They normally come up in winter and will flower in spring to summer. The flowers are yellow and resemble a dandelion, but forms in a corymbiform cluster. The root of spiny sowthistle is a taproot. Spiny sowthistle is found throughout the United States.These are so hard to get out because of the root system they have.


You need to dig them out but they always seem to come back because you can never get out all the roots of the plant.

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This is Sonchus - known as Hare Thistles. Part of the dandelion family. Here is some info on it -

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pohere and ana.... this plant is NOT a thistle, it's a Buttercup. The two thistle varieties you mentioned have thorny hairs and dandelion-like flowers. The plant in the picture has neither of these.


The picture clearly shows the flowers, the seed burrs, and NO thorny hairs of any kind. It's clearly a Buttercup.

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