Ranunculus glaberrimus var. glaberrimus   sagebrush buttercup
native                      herbaceous           
Distribution: Foothills, West Valley, Lucky Peak, Oregon Trail

UW Burke Herbarium Link: Ranunculus glaberrimus var. glaberrimus
USDA Plants Link: Ranunculus glaberrimus var. glaberrimus   (RAGLG)

Sagebrush buttercup is one of the earliest blooming of the foothill wildflowers, worth looking for in February.  However, most populations occur on soils with high clay content, which are frequently too muddy to walk on in late winter/early spring except when frozen.  A particularly accessible, large, early blooming population occurs on the Big Springs Loop in the western foothills.  Some plants have flowers with more than the standard five petals.

Trail guides, walks or articles that mention Ranunculus glaberrimus var. glaberrimus