Buttercups are common weeds in damp areas of lawns and pastures.

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Buttercups tend to be a problem in damp parts of lawns. Buttercup can tolerate wet soil conditions better than many other species, so buttercup out competes the grasses, and creeping buttercup in particular spreads rapidly. Giant buttercup is not as common as creeping buttercup but is the most aggressive of the buttercups found in New Zealand. It is commonly found in parts of the North Island.


In Lawns

In Flowerbeds

In Paths and Driveways

  • Weed Weapon Long Term will kill buttercup and prevent its return for several months making it particularly useful on paths, driveways and other non-cultivated areas.

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Creeping buttercup spreads vegetatively by producing stolons. The stolons allow creeping buttercup to spread laterally quite quickly into nearby weed-free areas.

Buttercup species in New Zealand include:

  • Giant buttercup - Ranunculus acris
  • Hairy buttercup - Ranunculus sardous
  • Creeping buttercup - Ranunculus repens


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