Ranunculus repens

Ranunculus repens_creeping buttercup_ JM Di Tomaso
Photo: Joseph DiTomaso

Common names: creeping buttercup

Ranunculus repens (creeping buttercup) is a spreading perennial forb/herb (family Ranunculaceae), found in many coastal areas of California. It can sometimes form large monocultures, especially in moist areas.

Cal-IPC Rating: Limited?

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.

Weed Management Notes

  • Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

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Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

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Other Ranunculus repens Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

    Ranunculus repens_flower (side-view)_KeirMorse
    Ranunculus repens (creeping buttercup) flower (side-view). Photo: Keir Morse
    Ranunculus repens_leaf_KeirMorse
    Ranunculus repens (creeping buttercup) leaf. Photo: Keir Morse
    Ranunculus repens_leaf bases_ZoyaAkulova
    Ranunculus repens (creeping buttercup) leaf bases. Photo: Zoya Akulova
    Ranunculus repens_growth habit_JeanPawek
    Ranunculus repens (creeping buttercup) growth habit. Photo: Jean Pawek