Popular name: Persian buttercup
Origin: Asia Minor
Flower colour: white, yellow, pink, gold, orange, red and mixed
Flowering period: June - August
Average plant height: 30 - 60 cm
Planting depth to base of bulbs: 2 - 5 cm
Spacing between bulbs: 8 cm
Type of bulb: corm with fleshy thickened roots (called 'claws')
Light requirements: sunny (PM sun)
Landscape uses: border, beds. Also grown as a cut flower in the garden.
Each stem of Ranunculus bears several blooms. The foliage dies down in the summer. It is advisable to soak the corms (claws) for an hour before you plant them, or water well when planting.
All common hybrids are crossings from Ranunculua asiaticus. Tecolote (peony-flowered) hybrids from California are the most commonly sold. There are other peony-flowering varieties from Israel and France.