The surface-rooting stems produce a mat of lobed leaves which turn golden in autumn.

VARIETIES: The species you are most likely to find is W. ternata – height 2.5 in., spread 1/2 ft.

Flowering period: April-May. The buttercup yellow flowers measure about V2 in. across and are borne in large numbers. It is a grow-anywhere perennial, spreading quite quickly in any soil type and equally happy in sun or light shade. A similar species is W. f ragarioides – the flowers once again are yellow and saucer-shaped, but the toothed and lobed leaves give the plant a Strawberry look – hence the latin name.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained soil – thrives in sun or light shade.

PROPAGATION: Divide the clumps in late summer.

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