Meadow Buttercup [Ranunculus acris]
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Meadow buttercup is a perennial weed. It is the least common of the buttercups on fine turf,
however it has been known to be problematic from time to time.
It spreads by seed and creeping runners. The leaves are typical of buttercups with three
leaflets but the cuts are deeper on this weed. This weed is also known as crowfoot, because the
leaves are cut so deep they resemble a crows foot.
The leaves of meadow buttercup are divided into three leaflets which are deeply lobed, more so
than creeping and bulbous buttercup.
The yellow flower is typical of all buttercups, it mainly produced five petals, flowering
between May and July.
Meadow buttercup is found on all types of soil, particularly moist conditions on heavy clay
Hand weeding may be possible by
digging out the plant, removing the runners and the roots. Improving the drainage may help as this
weed favours wet soil conditions.
If there are a larger number of plants then a selective weed killer will be needed for effective
control of creeping buttercup.
Meadow buttercup will require repeat applications as it can prove quite stubborn to selective weed
When using chemicals in the garden always wear the correct protective equipment and clothing.
Always read the product label and follow the manufacturers health & safety recommendations and
For more information on the application of selective herbicide's please visit our Lawn Weeds page.