Ranunculus peltatus (Pond Water Crowfoot)

Scientific Name

Ranunculus peltatus Schrank

Common Names

Pond Water Crowfoot


Batrachium dichotomum, Batrachium elongatum, Batrachium floribundum, Batrachium langei, Batrachium peltatum, Batrachium pseudofluitans, Batrachium triphyllos, Batrachium truncatum, Ranunculus capillaceus, Ranunculus carinatus, Ranunculus floribundus, Ranunculus triphyllos

Scientific Classification

Family: Ranunculaceae
Subfamily: Ranunculoideae
Tribe: Ranunculeae
Genus: Ranunculus


Color: White and yellow
Bloom Time: June to September


Ranunculus peltatus is a herbaceous perennial or sometimes annual plant. It has two different leaf types, broad rounded floating leaves, up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter with three to seven shallow lobes, and finely divided thread-like submerged leaves. Flowers are white with a yellow center, up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) in diameter, and have five petals.

Ranunculus peltatus - Pond Water Crowfoot

How to Grow and Care

Growing Ranunculus plants start with planted roots or tubers. Often called Ranunculus bulbs, tubers are different but have similar structures and purposes to the more common bulb. Plant the bulbs or tubers in the fall for a glorious spring display.

Growing Ranunculus flowers requires well-drained soil and full sun for the best results. Soak the tubers and then plant than with the roots or fingers pointed downward at a depth of 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm), depending on the size of the bulbs.

It is an easy flower to grow. Care of Ranunculus to ensure yearly displays may require that you pull out the tubers at the end of the season. Allow the foliage to almost completely die back and then dig out the tubers. Lay them in a cool, dry place to evaporate all the moisture from the bulbs. Store the tubers in a dark location until spring and then start them indoors in pots. Replant outside when all danger of frost is passed, and the first true leaves are evident. See more at How to Grow and Care for Ranunculus.


Native to Europe, southwestern Asia, and northern Africa.


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