Sagebrush Buttercup (Ranunculus glaberrimus)
Bloom time: April – May
General: This very small wildflower (max. 15 cm tall) appears shortly after snowmelt in B.C. grassland areas.
Leaves & Twigs:
Sagebrush buttercup mainly produces low, basal leaves that often show shallow notches near the leaf tip.
Flowers & Fruits:
Habitat: Sagebrush buttercup occurs throughout B.C.’s arid grassland regions. It is often found growing with big sagebrush plants, ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir trees.
PlantWatch Pointers: Select a typical patch of plants, if the plants are very abundant, mark off a l-metre-square section to observe.
- First bloom: when the first flowers are open in the observed plants.
- Mid bloom: when 50% of the flowers are open in the observed plants.
This species is monitored in:
- British Columbia
The Latin genus name for this plant, Ranunculus, means “little frog”; buttercups often grow in areas where frogs live.