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Creeping Buttercup can produce bright yellow flowers in lawns during the early summer after the spring-blooming flowers, such as Claytonia virginica (Spring Beauty), have finished blooming for the year. However, it has the potential to escape into natural areas where it may displace native plants. There is a double form of Creeping Buttercup that has 10-20 petals per flower, rather than the usual 5. It also escapes into the wild, but is less common. Creeping Buttercup can be distinguished from other Ranunculus spp. by the presence of its stolons and the pale white blotches on the leaves. Other distinguishing features include the spreading hairy sepals (shorter than the petals and not sharply recurved) and the shape of the leaves.


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Source: Illinois Wildflowers


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