Belongs to: buttercup family

Water crowfoot Ranunculus aquatilis

Best time to see: Apr to mid Sep

Key facts

A plant of ponds and slow-moving streams, with white flowers with yellow centres in spring and summer

Leaves appear before the flowers and are variable: they may be dissected and submerged, or lobed and floating

Provides cover for a variety of aquatic animals, including water spiders and the young of dragon- and damselflies

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