Fauna Flora Photography

Common Buttercup Ranunculus acris

A high growing flower, up to 70cm, with 5 glossy yellow petals. This plant species is common around the world. Often seen in meadows and along edges of forests.

Common Names

GermanScharfer Hahnenfuß
EnglishCommon Buttercup
FrenchBouton d'or
SpanishBotón de oro


SpeciesRanunculus acris

How to Identify

Distinguishable characteristics are the intense yellow colour of the 5 petals and the thin and high growing nature of this plant.

Common Buttercup (Ranunculus acris) - Parc de la Frayère - 2017-06-10

Where and When to Spot

Around Montreal, I start seeing this flower early June in wildflower meadows and edge of forests along wildflower meadows.

Jardin Botanique de Montréal x x - -
Parc Angrignon - x - -

Where and when a species has been observed, identified, and recorded.

Last updated on 2024-03-14. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.