Invasive Fig Buttercup Beginning to Infest Local Riverbanks

The SCDNR is asking the public to help find highly invasive Fig buttercup, a low-growing, hairless perennial flowering plant in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae native to Europe and west Asia.

Tthe Department of Plant Industry (DPI) at Clemson University which is charged with protecting South Carolina from foreign plant predators found that colonies of Fig buttercup have established themselves along tributaries of Catawba River in Rock Hill as well as Reedy River in Greenville.

The invasive plant commonly grows on moist, forested floodplains and other wet areas. Invasive.org says, “Fig buttercup’s greatest threat is to native spring-flowering or “ephemeral” plants. It emerges in the winter in advance of most native species, giving it a great competitive advantage. Once established, it spreads rapidly, forming a solid green blanket across the ground through which native plants are unable to penetrate.”

Becasue the fig buttercup begins growing in the winter months, it has a head start from other plants. To remove, pull the plant up by the roots, removing as many tubers as possible.

You can read more at the SCDNR website on the invasive Fig buttercup and what to do about it here.

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