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Perennial- California Buttercup

California Buttercup photo by WA Dept Natural Resources
Common Name:  California Buttercup

Botanical Name:  Ranunculus californicus

Family:  Ranunculaceae

Description: California native; perennial found north into Oregon and south into Baja; goes deciduous in summer; bright green succulent foliage

Sun: Sun to part shade

Water: Drought tolerant

Soil: Prefers clay and serpentine but can grow on many soils

Habit and form: Tender stemmed foliage 1 to 2 feet tall and wide; grows mostly on moist grassy slopes

Flower type: 7 to 22 shiny, teardrop-shaped petals; each flower grows on a long, green, leafless stem

Flower color & bloom season: Bright yellow flowers early to mid spring

Uses for plant and/or flowers: Attractive to bees and other pollinators

Maintenance tips: Prone to self sow

Comments: Goes dormant with drought, returning in spring

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