Ranunculaceae
Ranunculus eschscholtzii

Snowpatch Buttercup

Tuft with upright flower stem, hairless. Stem solid, erect. Leaves round to heart-shaped in basal cluster, divided 2 times into 3 segments with rounded lobes, the middle lobe entire to shallowly lobed. Flowers luminous yellow, 1–3, each about 1 1/2 in. across top, on short stalks. Grows in rocky gravelly soils at edge of snowmelt or other wet cool places in subalpine and alpine. Very similar R. suksdorfii, often treated as a variety of R. eschscholtzii, has leaves with sharply pointed, deeply toothed lobes, the middle lobe of lower leaves usually deeply divided into 3-7 lobes, more common in the same habitat in the southern part of our region.

  • Rarity: Rare
  • Flowering Time: Mid Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 4--10 inches
  • Habitat: Alpine, Subalpine
  • Found In: Steens, Wallowas, Olympic NP, N Cascades NP, Crater Lake NP, Mt. Rainier NP
  • Native: Yes