Scientific name: Ranunculus bulbosus
The Bulbous buttercup has the familiar butter-yellow flowers of its namesake, but grows from a bulb-like 'corm' (a swollen underground stem). Look for it on chalk and limestone grasslands, and along verges.
When to seeMarch to May
AboutThe Bulbous buttercup is a perennial herb that gets its name from its distinctive 'perennating organ': a bulb-like, swollen underground stem, which is situated just below the soil's surface.
It becomes established where fresh soil is exposed, finding it hard to compete with taller, established plants. It prefers nutrient-poor, well-drained soils, and can be found on sunny, chalk and limestone grasslands, in particular. As its name suggests, it has familiar butter-yellow flowers that appear from March to May