Ranunculus occidentalis (Western Buttercup)


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Plant Description: An upright perennial with soft, hairy basal leaves (formed at the base of the plant) divided into three deeply lobed and toothed divisions off long petioles. Leaves get smaller as they progress up the stem. The bright yellow flowers of this plant are are terminal with 5-8 shiny petals surrounding a plethora of stamen. 

  • Height: 2 ft
  • Width: 2 ft
  • Sun Needs: Sun to partial shade
  • Soil Needs: Moist well-drained soil
  • Bloom Time: May to July
  • Portland Plant List (Backyard Habitat Certification): Yes

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: This Willamette Valley native is found growing on grassy hillsides, coastal bluffs, in moist meadows, and open forests between 300-7200 ft on both sides of the Cascades. We recommend growing this plant in meadowscapes and it will also do well in parking strips. It is an excellent early season pollen source for pollinators. 

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