Sphenosciadium capitellatum.

Ranger’s buttons have balls of tiny white flowers and the end of thick spokes. This plant is related to carrots and the leaves look like carrot or parsley leaves. The whole plant is usually 2 to 5 feet tall.

[Photo] Ranger Buttons. Photo by Joanne BaggsHabitat/Distribution

Ranger’s buttons grow in wet meadows or swamps, sometimes under conifer or aspen trees. They are usually found in the foothills and valleys of large mountains.

Possible Viewing Sites

Berry Creek, in the Ely Ranger District; Lamoille Canyon in the Ruby Mountains Ranger District.

Interesting Facts

Ranger’s buttons are poisonous to both people and livestock. Do not eat any part of the plant.