This is the second Buttercup to blossom in the spring, and follows closely upon the Bulbous. It is tall and branching, sometimes reclining and taking root at the joints. It grows from one to three feet high, and the thick, hollow stem is generally smooth and finely grooved. It is found in low, swampy, or moist, shady places, from New Brunswick and Manitoba, south to Georgia and Kentucky, from April to July. The mottled leaves are large and thrice divided, with the divisions again cleft into three much-notched and pointed lobes. They are set on long foot stems. The flower is an inch broad, and the petals do not overlap like those of the Tall Crowfoot.