Ranunculus is Latin for tadpole from the Latin rana meaning frog and may refer to the damp habitats preferred by many species in this genus.Ranunculus is Latin for tadpole from the Latin rana meaning frog and may refer to the damp habitats preferred by many species in this genus.
Repens is from the Latin repe meaning to creep referring to the creeping habit of stems.
Nearly glabrous annual 10-50 cm. Lowest leaves simple; the next 3-partite, the segments simple, cuneate-obovate, dentate; upper with more numerous, linear-oblong lobes. Flowers 10-15 mm in diameter. Honey-leaves about as long as the sepals. Achenes c. 2 mm, with numerous small tubercles; beak short, triangular.
This plant is useful.
How to get rid of:
In lawns and pastures, promote healthy grass by overseeding, fertilizing as needed, and not over-grazing. Adding lime can improve grass health and keep buttercup from re-establishing. However, lime won’t control buttercup that is already well-established.
It also helps to improve soil drainage. Reduce compaction by aerating and avoid trampling when soils are wet.
Clean mowers and other equipment to avoid spreading buttercup seeds to un-infested areas.