- Ranunculus Buttercup can be grown in USDA zones 4-10.These delicate, bright flowers not only bloom a brilliant yellow. Their eye-catching color is sure to liven up any landscape. In dry and mild weather, the three to five-inch blooms can last 6 weeks
Buttercup Plant - Ranunculus
Buttercups are members of the Ranunculus family of flowering plants. There are more than 200 varieties in the Ranunculus family, and Buttercups are one of the most popular. They are mostly known for their circular blooms. The blooms are often in a round, or "cup" shape, made up of five petals. Buttercups come in a variety of colors but are most commonly a deep, vibrant yellow. Their leaves also have a thick, luxurious sheen, making them appear buttery, and leading to their name. Buttercups are a plant that's endured for centuries at a time with very little change, and they often induce a sense of nostalgia when we see them planted in flower beds. The standard variety can grow to about a foot in height, though there are also dwarf varieties that top out at about eight inches. Buttercups are annual plants, so they need to be planted in the early spring to assure summer blossoms. They are fast growers and require little care or maintenance. It's important to note that Buttercups are toxic to humans and livestock. However, if kept in a contained garden area or flower bed, they pose no danger to anyone in the household. Buttercups need full sun, with little to no shade. The primary requirement is that they have a cold soil that doesn't retain too much moisture. This can be achieved by mulching the ground where the buttercups are growing. Buttercups are bug resistant as well but do less well in humidity or places where the soil cannot dry out regularly. One excellent characteristic of Buttercups is that they can be planted in ground that's not rich, as long as they are occasionally fertilized. These low maintenance flowers are a beautiful blast from the past for almost any gardener.