Ranunculus asiaticus is the most common form of this flowering bulb, however Ranunculus Ficaria ( Lesser Celandine) with its tiny rose like flowers will get just as much attention.
A mass planting of these wonderful flowering bulbs will certailnly gain attention.
A single bulb (actually its a corm) will give over a dozen flowers. Flowercolors range from whites to light pinks, apricots and reds. Flowering season is from spring to summer.
Ranunculus asiaticus (Persian Buttercup) are a tender summer flowering perennial with very pretty flowers, they spread by underground corms or bulbs.
A sunny position is best in a humus rich well dug soil. R. asiaticas will reach 60cm and make a great cut flower. When planting remember that they require a cool root run, mulch is always a good idea, apply in early spring.
Very little care is required unless you wish to divide older clumps, this can be done in late winter.
Ranunculus Ficaria is a lower growing form and makes a great carpet in a woodland situation
Digging and overwintering
You can dig the bulbs and give them a clean, we do not usually wash ours, rather just brush the dirt off them and just let them dry, and then then give them another clean.
We store ours in a clean dry tray with good air circulation, in a cool dark corner of our garden shed. Some people use paper bags. Commercial growers do use fungicides, however we not worry about that.
Some growers suggest a month in the refrigerator before planting, but that depends where you live. Remember that they like a dry winter
Many species are regarded as Woodland Plants
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Ranunculus repens (creeping buttercup) is regarded as a weed
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