Ranunculus recurvatus - commonly called Hooked Buttercup, Hooked Crowfoot, or Blisterwort – is another under-appreciated wildflower.
The plant is lanky, particularly growing in the shade as this one is. You’d hardly notice the plant, let alone its flowers.
The leaves are opposite and flowers develop in the axil
The flowers are small but elegant and well worth looking for.
Ranunculus recurvatus is native to the United States from Virginia to Florida, west to Texas, and north to North Dakota. It has not been found in South Dakota but does grow in Washington state.. I’ve only seen it at home but you can see that it could be easily overlooked.
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- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Ranunculus recurvatus (Blisterwort)
- Southeastern Flora: Hooked Buttercup (Ranunculus recurvatus)
- Missouri Plants: Ranunculus recurvatus
- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower