need help finding a flowering plant from an heirloom garden

Scribner, NE

I am new to this site but have enjoyed many of its free features. I took the plunge and became a subscriber because I have a mission. I am looking for a plant that was in my grandfather's garden in the 1960's and early 70's.
I have no idea how long he had it so it could be a really old plant. It grew under his spruce trees along with the Virginia Bluebells and bloomed about the same time. It had bright yellow flowers that were round and not much more than a centimeter or two in diameter. The petals were glossy, or waxy looking. The center of the flower was green. We called them "yellow buttons" but when I search the web with that name, the hits I get are definitely not what I remember.
I loved this plant as a kid because it was so bright and the waxy petals were slick and fun to pull apart and use as natural confetti. The spread a lot just like the bluebells if I remember correctly.
My grandpa's garden was in northeast Nebraska so the plant was growing in zone 4.
Thanks for your help and I look forward to getting to know this site and its regulars better.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

If you don't find an answer on this thread may I suggest going to your Regional Forum. They may have more ideas on what it might have been.

What was the height of the plant and what season did it bloom?

Scribner, NE

It was only about 8-12 inches tall and bloomed early May I think. It bloomed whenever the Virginia Bluebells bloomed here in Nebraska. I will try one of the regional forums, thanks.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Good luck. I hope you find out the name of it.

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

Sounds like creeping buttercup (Ranunculus repens). It's a weed here. I rip them out constantly. I haven't gotten to them quick enough this year and they're dropping seeds. Is this what you want:

http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=7056

If so, I can send you a boxful for postage. They may not have flowers on them anymore, but maybe I can find some that do.

NancyAnn

Scribner, NE

Sorry Butterfly, can't take those off your hands. That isn't the one I am looking for. These had petals arranged so it looked like a mound of yellow. I know there is a scientific term but can't get to it right now.
Thanks for your response.

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

Could it be a strawflower (helichrysum) then?

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/750/

If not, I'll keep thinking.

NancyAnn

Scribner, NE

Nope not that one either. Thanks for trying.

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

Well, now I'm going to be watching to see what it is. You've got me curious. Have you posted the question on the plant identification forum? Those folks over there are GOOD!

Scribner, NE

Thanks butterfly, I will post there post haste. Thanks.

south central, WI(Zone 5a)

How about the double buttercup? It flowers about the same time.

Just checked your list..looks like that to me. I just got some for another person (traded some of my plants to a local gardener who was thinning hers out) I kept a plant..but haven't checked on it. Will do that today.
If it is still viable, it is yours. I would do postage..anything else you need, to make the best use of the postage costs?

This message was edited Jun 1, 2010 11:16 AM

Hannibal, NY(Zone 6a)

Possibly Trollius or Eranthis? Both have leaves that are a little glossy. Trollius is taller, Eranthis shorter.

Scribner, NE

Finally found it. The double buttercup fits the description. Thanks everyone for helping me in my quest.

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