Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Australian Botanic Garden

Ranunculus lappaceus

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - November

Common name common buttercup
Scientific name Ranunculus lappaceus Sm.
Family  Ranunculaceae

Genus: From Latin, ranunculus, small frog, tadpole. Referring to its preference for moist sites.

Species: From Latin, lappa, burr.

Distribution From Queensland, though New South Wales and Victoria and into South Australia, as well as Tasmania.
Native habitat Usually found in heavy soils that are moist for extended periods.

Perennial herb to 50 cm high.

Flowering/fruiting Flowers in spring and summer.

Location in Garden

Bed 29 in the Connections Garden and in the Woodland Picnic Area.


Ranunculus lappaceus occurs naturally at Mount Annan in our remnant patches of Cumberland Plain Woodland. It performs well in cultivation and is a suitable choice for sunny or semi-shaded sites. It can be grown as a bedding plant in formal or informal drifts as well as in rockeries or containers.

It is ideal for the cottage garden as it self seeds readily and provides plenty of sunny yellow flowers. 




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