Meadow buttercup is a perennial weed often found in meadows and grassy areas. Although it will occasionally invade lawns, it is not as common as Creeping and Bulbous buttercup in managed turf. Meadow buttercup is also called tall buttercup, giant buttercup and crowfoot (the leaves look like a crow’s foot).
It spreads by seed and short, creeping underground runners called rhizomes. Although it is not that common in lawns, it will form as a basal rosette that will tolerate close mowing. However it is not very wear tolerant and not withstand constant trampling.
The leaves are divided into three lobes, which are deeply cut, often resembling a birds foot (hence the name crowfoot). The leaves can look very similar to some plants in the geranium family.
The bright yellow flowers of meadow buttercup are typical of other buttercups. In most cases they have five glossy, petals which can be seen between May and August.
Meadow buttercup prefers damp, calcareous (chalky) soils.
- Hand weed can prove effective in removing this weed.
- Raking the weed into an upright position prior to mowing will help weaken it.
- Encourage a vigorous lawn with good turf care practices to prevent weeds from establishing.
A selective weed killer may be used on meadow buttercup. A single application should be enough for complete control.