Information on Ivy-leaved Crowfoot

Common Name: Ivy-leaved Crowfoot
Scientific Name: Ranunculus hederaceus
Irish Name: Néal uisce eidhneach
Family Group: Ranunculaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Creeping on mud, floating over and carpeting shallow water and drainage ditches, this is an annual or perennial which shows its dainty white flowers (4-8mm across) from May to August. With five narrow petals and sepals – the latter almost as long as the former -  the centre of the flower has many bright yellow stamens. The leaves are shallowly 5-lobed with little dark splotches at their centres. Ivy-leaved Crowfoot is a native plant and it belongs to the Ranunculaceae family.  

I first recorded this wildflower at Tacumshin, Co Wexford in 2009 and photographed it at that time. 

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Crowfoot, Ivy-leaved
Crowfoot, Ivy-leaved

This little plant is not commonly found in the centre of Ireland and rarely on limestone.