Ranunculus californicus

California buttercup

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 1' X 0.5'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



The buttercup is native to a wide range of habitats in California, excluded only by the deserts. The deeply lobed leaves grow in a low, spreading mound. Above these arise stems displaying one to several glossy yellow flowers. The height of the stem varies by variety. The variety found in Santa Clara County and most of the state is californicus, with flower stems up to two feet tall. California buttercup is quite flexible as to growing conditions. A wide range of soil types and sun exposures are tolerated. Although buttercups go dormant shortly after they set seed in the spring, they seem to tolerate summer water well. The moisture keeps the plant from going completely dormant. Deadheading (i.e. removing spent flowers before seeds are formed) can stimulate a second flush of blooms.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous