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Now is the Time: Join SCNPS and FoRR in the Battle Against the Fig Buttercup Invasion

Posted on by SCNPS Website Team


As spring unfolds across South Carolina, the South Carolina Native Plant Society (SCNPS) is once again teaming up with the Friends of the Reedy River (FoRR) in a critical environmental conservation effort. Our target? The seemingly innocent Fig Buttercup (Ficaria verna), a deceptive beauty that poses a significant threat to our local ecosystems.

Despite its charming name, the Fig Buttercup is an invasive species with a dark side. It aggressively overtakes moist streambanks and wetlands, forming dense mats that suffocate native plants, disrupt pollinator resources, and threaten the biodiversity essential for a healthy environment. From compromising water quality to diminishing recreational areas, the impact of this invasive plant is far-reaching.

Why Your Help Is Vital

The Fig Buttercup blooms early in spring, making it easily identifiable only during March and early April. This narrow window of opportunity is crucial for our efforts to locate and eradicate this invasive species. We are calling on the dedicated members of the SCNPS community and all who cherish South Carolina’s natural beauty to join us in this important Citizen Science project.

To equip yourself with the knowledge to spot and report Fig Buttercup, we urge you to watch this informative video. It covers everything you need to know: HOW to recognize the plant, WHERE it’s likely to be found, WHEN to search for it, and WHY this endeavor is so critical to our ecosystems.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Fig Buttercup Identification and Removal

A Boost from Colonial Pipeline

This year, our efforts are bolstered by a generous $5,000 grant from Colonial Pipeline, reflecting a shared commitment to environmental stewardship and the eradication of invasive species. Thanks Colonial Pipeline! This grant not only highlights the importance of our collective action against the Fig Buttercup but also underscores the SCNPS’s broader role in conservation. Every dollar contributed to this cause brings us one step closer to safeguarding our natural habitats from invasive threats like the Fig Buttercup.

We Can Make a Difference

The battle against the Fig Buttercup reminds us that not all that glitters is gold. Join SCNPS and FoRR in our continued fight to protect South Carolina’s precious ecosystems. Your participation is more than just volunteerism; it’s an act of preservation, ensuring the health and beauty of our state for generations to come.

Together, we can make a difference. Let’s stand united against the invasion of the Fig Buttercup and reaffirm our commitment to the well-being of our natural world.