Meadow Buttercup

Ranunculus acris

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Meadow Buttercup is a widespread and common perennial in meadows and pastures, and is also found in parks, gardens and woodland edges. It prefers slightly damper, calcareous sites where it can grow so dense, it forms yellow meadows that dazzle in the sunshine. It flowers between April and October.

How to identify

Meadow Buttercup has yellow flowers, about 2cm across that comprise five, shiny petals. It has rounded leaves divided into three to seven lobes, and doesn't possess the runners of Creeping Buttercup.

Where to find it

Found throughout the country.


When to find it

  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many grassland and woodland habitats sympathetically for the benefit of all kinds of wildlife. We are also working closely with farmers, landowners and developers to promote wildlife-friendly practices. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Local information

Old hay meadows such as those at Bernwood Meadows brim with wild flowers including meadow buttercup. These flowers are found on the drier ridges in the fields while other species prefer the wetter furrows. Bernwood Meadows is one of five nature reserves within BBOWT's Bernwood Forest project area. This is a large scale project which aims to enhance and recreate different habitats for a wide variety of wildlife. It will regenerate woodlands, improve meadows and extend hedgerows for the benefit of wildlife and people. Meadow Farm is found within a similar project area - the Upper River Ray Floodplain Living Landscape. The meadows here are also filled with wild flowers.

You can encourage more wildlife into your garden too. Planting your own wildflower meadow makes a wonderful alternative to plain grass on your lawn and brings vibrant colour to any garden.

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Species information

Common name
Meadow Buttercup
Latin name
Ranunculus acris
Height: up to 1m
Conservation status