Ranunculus

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Did you know that if you put the most well-known member of the Ranunculus family, the buttercup, under your chin, it will reveal if you like butter or not? And if you believe that you’ll believe anything…

Ranunculus is a genus of about 600 species of plants which include buttercups. They generally have bowl-shaped flowers that are either white or yellow in colour, and leaves that are lobed or have serrated edges. Ranunculus is a latin word meaning little frog. Plants of this genus are generally perennials, although there are some annual and biennial species too. They love a sunny spot in the garden and generally prefer moist, neutral or acidic soil.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.04 - 1.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.2 - 2
Dominant flower colour
  • Varies
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Upright
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-10
Heat zone
  • H9-3
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - 4
Heat days
  • 7 - 150
Moisture
  • well-drained but frequently watered
  • poorly-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Roses & classics
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years