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Persian buttercup (Ranunculus asiaticus)

Persian buttercup

Botanical Name:    Ranunculus asiaticus

Common Name(s):    Persian buttercup

Family:    Ranunculaceae

Genus:    Ranunculus

Species:    R. asiaticus

Plant Type:    Herbaceous perennial

Height:    12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spread:    9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Bloom Time:    Late Spring to Early Summer

Bloom Color(s):    Red, Yellow, White, Purple, Pink, Orange

Leaves:    Blue-Green

Range:    Southwestern Asia, Southeastern Europe


Persian buttercup (Ranunculus asiaticus) is a flowering plant in the Ranunculaceae family. It is native to the eastern Mediterranean region in southwestern Asia, southeastern Europe , and northeastern Africa. It is a herbaceous perennial plant that grows to 12-18 in. (30-45 cm) tall by 9-12 in. (22-30 cm) wide, with simple or branched stems. The basal leaves are three-lobed, with leaves higher on the stems more deeply divided. The flowers are red, pink, purple, yellow and white. The flowers are produced in late spring to early summer. Grow in medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Needs excellent drainage.

How to Grow

Sun:    Full to Partial Sun

Water:    Moist

Soil:    Mostly Sand to Clay Loam

Propagation:    Bulbs (including offsets)