Ranunculus flammula
(Lesser Spearwort)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Lesser Spearwort, Miniature Spearwort, Creeping Crowfoot, Creeping Spearwort, Creeping Buttercup
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: July - September
    Status: Native

Ranunculus flammula, or Lesser Spearwort, is native to most of the western United States, and then only the northernmost tier of states from the Dakotas east. It grows in wet areas, like shorelines, and pond edges in sandy or mucky soil. It blooms in summer with small yellow flowers.

There are many species of Ranunculus, but this species can be distinguished by its leaves that are somewhat spear-shaped, but taper to a rounded end. It is also unique in that it creeps along and forms new plants where nodes touch soil or water.

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