Connecticut Plants
Cursed Crowfoot (Celery-leaved Buttercup)
Ranunculus sceleratus L.

Cursed crowfoot is rare in Connecticut; the state classifies it as a species of special concern. It is one of six species of small-flowered buttercups found in Connecticut. Identifying features for cursed crowfoot include a hairless, wide, hollow stem; tall, cylindrical seed heads; deeply lobed basal leaves; and its preference for very wet soil. Juice from the stems is said to cause blisters; this may be why the plant is called "cursed."

  • Family: buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
  • Habitat: marshes, ditches, swampy meadows
  • Height: 6-24 inches
  • Flower size: 3/8 inch across
  • Flower color: yellow
  • Flowering time: April to August
  • Origin: native
Ranunculus sceleratus L.
Ranunculus sceleratus L.