Tall Buttercup


  • Hollow stems covered in tiny hairs
  • Dark green, hairy lower leaves have 3 to 5 deeply divided lobes
  • 5 to 7 yellow, glossy petals per flower; 1 inch in diameter
  • Height 2 to 3 feet

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Weed Information

ToxicityToxic. Livestock when grazed (but not toxic when cured in hay).
ControlHand pulling/digging, mowing and herbicide. Contact your County Weed District or local Applicator for more information.
HabitatHeavy, wet soils including wet lowlands and woodlands. Common in pastures, meadows and roadsides.
RootExtensive root system.
Leaf ShapePalm-like, deeply lobed at base of plant; less lobed and abundant towards top of plant.
LifespanPerennial; two years or longer.
Priority 2A WeedCommon in isolated areas of Montana.
Similar Looking PlantsCreeping buttercup species.
Important InformationPlant spreads by root system and by seeds which can stick to fur of animals.