Buttercup Bush (Turnera ulmifolia)

Buttercup Bush Plant Features

Buttercup bush is a lovely small, flowering shrub grown in the tropics and loved for its display of yellow flowers that appear all year long. It's also easy to grow; buttercup bush doesn't require any special tips or tricks to look beautiful. You'll often find buttercup bush grown with flowering annuals, perennials, and shrubs in garden beds and borders -- especially butterfly gardens. Because it has a relatively small size, it's a perfect foundation plant, low hedge, and container garden plant, as well.

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Buttercup Bush Growing Instructions

Grow buttercup bush in part shade and moist well-drained soil. Once established, buttercup bush can withstand light drought, but does best when receives consistent moisture. Spreading a layer of mulch over the soil around the base of the plant can help keep it moist longer.

Buttercup bush grows well on its own, but blooms more profusely (and grows faster) when fertilized in spring and summer. You can use any general-purpose garden fertilizer as long as you follow the directions on the fertilizer packaging. 

You can prune buttercup bush back at any time without harming it. Pinching the stems back from time to time will help give you a bushier, fuller plant, but this isn't required to grow buttercup bush. 

Note: Buttercup bush is not intended for human or animal consumption. Butterflies love it, though!
  • Water


  • Light

    Outside: Part sun

  • Colors


  • Special Features

    Attracts butterflies

    Deer/rabbit resistant

    Super-easy to grow

Complement your Buttercup Bush

Hibiscus, Tropical
Accent buttercup bush with a flamboyant tropical hibiscus plant!

Yellow allamanda and buttercup bush make for fun, colorful companions.

Grow buttercup bush with yellow, orange, and red marigolds for a cheery summer combo.