14 Beautiful Ranunculus Varieties

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    Beautiful Buttercup Flowers

    Mixed Ranunculus Varieties
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    The ranunculus genus is a large and diverse group of flowers that includes designer blooms with crepe petals, cold hardy specimens, and even aquatic plants for the water garden. Also known as the buttercup, some ranunculus species are endemic to alpine regions, while other cultivars flaunt their ethereal beauty in high-end florist shops. Explore the simple and the sublime within the ranunculus species and hybrids. 

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    Ranunculus Asiaticus

    Ranunculus Asiaticus
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    Look for ranunculus tubers at your local garden center, and the gnarled claws of Ranunculus Asiaticus are what you'll likely find. This ranunculus species is often sold in multi-colored mixes, featuring lollipop hues like red, yellow, orange, and pink that pop in the late spring garden. Plant in well-drained soil, and look for flowers in late spring. 

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    Ranunculus Ficaria

    Ranunculus Ficaria
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    Found along streams, in grassy meadows, and in woodland areas, the Ranunculus Ficaria is a common wildflower in North America. This ground-hugging perennial is also cultivated in landscapes, especially the sassy cultivar 'Brazen Hussy,' but gardeners should be aware that it has some invasive properties that make it unlawful in some areas. 

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    Ranunculus 'Tango'

    Ranunculus Tango
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    A cluster of sultry 'Tango' Ranunculus blooms can knock red roses off their pedestal as a gift for a loved one. The layers of ruby petals beg to be touched, and Ranunculus flowers are much easier to grow without the use of pesticides than roses. 

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    Ranunculus Aconitifolius

    Ranunculus aconitifolius
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    Ranunculus aconitifolius plants crave dappled shade and moist conditions, and given these, will reward the gardener with cheerful white flowers in May. This Ranunculus usually grows as an ephemeral spring plant, which means it will become dormant when summer's heat arrives. Intersperse your plantings with marker plants to prevent accidental digging while weeding. 

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    Ranunculus 'Purple Picotee'

    Purple Picotee Ranunculus
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    Ranunculus 'Purple Picotee' is a florist's delight, creating a lavish display when combined with peonies, larkspur, or lisianthus blossoms. Grow the bulbs as annuals in the cutting garden, giving them plenty of moisture and very good drainage. 

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    Ranunculus lyallii

    Ranunculus lyallii
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    At three feet tall, this New Zealand native is one of the tallest ranunculus species you can grow. The giant, round, lily pad-like leaves are just as fun as the bright white blooms. In its native habitat, this plant flowers best where it receives sharp drainage in rocky soils. The Ranunculus lyallii grows in open sites, often in rocky crevices that receive full sun, but experience cool summers. 

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    Ranunculus Cortusifolius

    Ranunculus cortusifolius
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    This buttercup from the Canary Islands yields very large gold flowers that resemble those of the tropical hibiscus. Plants will grow as perennials in zone 9, and prosper in bright shady areas with average moisture. You can expect a full three months of flowers from this spring bloomer. Plants appreciate dry conditions in the summer, when they go dormant. 

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    Ranunculus 'Amandine Rose'

    Ranunculus Amandine Rose
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    An asiaticus Ranunculus, 'Amandine Rose' is in high demand by florists and is one of Holland's successful export flowers. This cultivar features many ruffled layers of rich pink petals, and thrives in cool spring weather. You can achieve a similar look in the cutting garden with 'Elegance Pink' or 'Reinette Pink.' 

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    Ranunculus Acris

    Ranunculus Acris
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    Beginning gardeners looking for a Ranunculus to try should consider R. acris. This perennial hardy to zone 4 grows as a wildflower in boggy areas, and blooms from May to July in many soil types. 

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    Ranunculus Nivalis

    Ranunculus Nivalis
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    The snow buttercup is a stout little flower that grows in Alaska and across other Arctic regions. It may appear in summer seemingly overnight after snow melt occurs. Flowers have overlapping gold petals with bright green centers. 

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    Ranunculus Alpestris

    Ranunculus Alpestris
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    Alpine gardeners looking for a new landscape addition should check out the R. alpestris, a tough two-inch tall plant that deserves a spot in the raised bed where its white flowers can shine. R. alpestris flowers abundantly in the spring and occasionally throughout the season. 

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    Ranunculus 'Rhone Pink'

    Blush and Green Ranunculus
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    Dreamy blush tones of the 'Rhone Pink' Ranunculus are just what a bride desires. This Ranunculus is one of the designer Japanese types, imported and sold at large wholesale flower markets. 

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    Ranunculus 'Cloni Dark Orange'

    Orange Ranunculus
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    The 'Cloni' series of Ranunculi resemble English roses with their many layers of petals and giant flower heads. 'Cloni Dark Orange' is just the flower to brighten up a rainy spring day. The Italian Ranunculus is propagated under strict laboratory conditions to ensure consistency and high quality with every bulb.

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    Ranunculus 'Accolade'

    Yellow and Orange Ranunculus
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    The pink yellow bicolor Ranunculus of the 'Accolade' series brings warm sunset colors to the garden. Create a spring flower container that turns heads by combining this Ranunculus with yellow and orange violas. Blooms will continue for at least three weeks in a cool, sheltered spot.