Bulbous buttercup

Ranunculus bulbosus

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Bulbous buttercup is a native perennial herb, which gets its name from its distinctive perennating organ, a bulb-like swollen underground stem, which is situated just below the soil surface.

How to identify

The flowers are bright yellow and once the flowers are completely open the sepals turn downwards. The lower leaves are divided into three leaflets. The bulbous buttercup has a hairy stem, leaves with 3 well cut lobes and the base of stem has bulb-like swelling.

Where to find it

Nutrient-poor, well-drained soils. Found especially on limestone grassland.


When to find it

  • March
  • April
  • May

How can people help

The bulbous buttercup becomes established where fresh soil is exposed. It is intolerant of trampling and this is evident as it is usually absent from footpaths that transverse grassland. The plant prefers sunny areas and cannot tolerate early competition from taller plants. By joining your local Wildlife Trust you can help manage habitat for bulbous buttercups and other native wildflowers.

Species information

Common name
Bulbous buttercup
Latin name
Ranunculus bulbosus
Flower diameter is 15-30mm
Conservation status