The yellow water crowfoot is very similar in appearance to the white one, only its bright petals are larger. In fact, they closely resemble those of the field buttercup. The submerged leaves are cleft into hair-like segments; those above the water are reniform and parted into from three to five divisions.
The slow, shallow water of ponds and ditches is the home of these pretty plants. At the approach of cold weather they sink to the bottom and he dormant until the warm sun of May coaxes them to raise their tender blossoms to the surface.