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Buttercups

Ranunculus spp.

Also known as

Spearworts, Crowfoots

Ranunculus japonicus 8 by Stan Shebs (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

75cm

Max

70cm

20cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Buttercups Overview

The genus Ranunculus contains over 400 evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous, annual, perennial and aquatic species. They also have many forms and differing root types. Nearly all however, are hardy. Different Ranunculus species are known by the common names Buttercup, Crowfoot and Spearwort, amongst others. Terrestrial species are typically cultivated for their bowl-shaped, 'papery' flowers of many colours, and many grow from thick tubers or runners. Found across temperate climates and in a wide range of habitats, some species are considered invasive in certain locations.

Common problems with Buttercups

How to propagate Buttercups

Seed

Division

Division of the root in the spring or autumn.

Special features of Buttercups

Attractive flowers

Wet sites

Pot plant

Other uses of Buttercups

Grown for their flowers that can be used for flower arranging. Wildlife and aquatic.

Autumn and Winter Containers

Mix and match these winter performers for the coming season

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Deer Resistant Plants

Although never fully deer proof - they are less likely to eat these.

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