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Also Known As: Persian Buttercup

Botanical Name: Ranunculus asiaticus

Pronunciation: rah-NUN-kew-lus ah-see-AH-ti-cus

Family Name: Ranunculaceae (buttercup)

Origin: Crete, SW Asia

Common Relatives: Monkshood, anemone, columbine, delphinium

Introduction: Ranunculus is more like a prince than the green four-legged amphibian its Latin name rana (little frog) might suggest. More than likely, it was so named because it is often found in wet regions. A native of the isle of Crete and Southwest Asia, ranunculus was first introduced to Europe with the tulip and the anemone during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558 to 1603). Blooms can range from 1 to 4 inches in width and come in white, yellow, orange, red and pink that will last up to 8 days.

Interesting Facts:

  • The Latin name derives from "rana" (a little frog), referring to the fact that many species grow in wet places. The specific epithet name asiaticus means of Asia.
  • suitable for drying
  • Single flowers with 5 petals, double flowers (most cvs.) with many petals resembling small peonies, 1-4 inches wide
  • plant is an herbaceous perennial from tuberous roots
Availability: late winter, early spring

Flower Color: white, yellow, orange, red, pink, rose

Decorative Life: 3-7 days

Special Care Tips: Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food solution.

Special Concerns:

Ethylene Sensitivity: yes

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