Water Crowfoot

Ranunculus aquatilis

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This is the commonest species in a large group of water-plants which can be seen covering ponds, ditches and streams with white flowers in spring and summer. 

How to identify

White flowers with a yellow base to the petals. Leaves are circular and lobed and float on the water.

Where to find it

Ponds and ditches

When to find it

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many habitats sympathetically for the benefit of all kinds of wildlife. By volunteering for your local Trust you can help too and you'll make new friends and learn new skills along the way.

Species information

Common name
Water Crowfoot
Latin name
Ranunculus aquatilis
The flowers are held about 2cm above the water