This unlovely Buttercup grows commonly from one to two feet high in wet, open places, from Nova Scotia to Georgia, and west to the Rocky Mountains and British Columbia, during June, July and August. The flowers have a prominent thimble-shaped, head formed of numerous green pistils, surrounded with small petals of the same length as the sepals. The very stout, hollow stalk is stiff and bristly with long hairs. The numerous leaves are thin, medium green in colour, and are thrice divided into three deeply cleft divisions. When first observed, the flowers appear as though the petals had dropped away, and only the seed head remained, but closer examination will reveal the small, rounded yellow petals.