Small-flowered Buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 6-24 inches
Plant Spread: 2-8 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Edible to birds
Other: A head of many small, hard, reddish-brown seeds (achenes)
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Other Beneficial Insects: Ladybugs drink nectar
Pollinators: Hoverflies
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Photo courtesy of: Choess

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Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on Apr 30, 2016 4:36 PM

A very common buttercup throughout most of eastern North America. Flowers are tiny; the seeds are numerous, small, and hard; and it tends to be weedy. However, its flowers provide nectar and pollen to bees and flies, so it's worth having around.

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Hispid Buttercup (Ranunculus hispidus) by chelle Mar 27, 2012 6:30 PM 2

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