Ranunculus Plant Features
The bright, peony-like flowers of ranunculus make a delightful addition to early-spring flower borders, containers, or bouquets. These cool-weather bulbs are treated as annuals in most of the country, but in select regions with cool, mild winters (such as Seattle), these bulbs will winter over and be perennial. Ranunculus is a sun lover that grows 6 to 12 inches tall and develops round, crepe-paper-like flowers in jewel-tone colors including yellow, orange, red, salmon, and purple. Because ranunculus thrives in cool weather, it's an excellent choice for pots and planters packed with other early-bird bloomers. Ranunculus is deer resistant. Hardy in cooler sections of zones 8-10.
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Ranunculus Growing Instructions
Plant ranunculus in a sunny spot in the early spring. It needs cool weather and rich, well-drained soil. Because ranunculus is a bulb it can't sit in wet soil or it will rot. For best results, treat ranunculus as an annual and buy new plants every spring.
Ranunculus is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
Orange, Pink, Red, White, Yellow
Medium water needs
Complement your Ranunculus with these varieties:
Plant a living Easter basket with Pansy and Ranunculus.
Sweet Alyssum makes an excellent partner for the bold blooms of Ranunculus.
Dusty Miller can tolerate cool temperatures and looks wonderful interplanted with Ranunculus.
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Ranunculus 'Magic Red'
Magic Red is a cool-weather-loving variety that has luscious red-orange flowers on strong stems. It grows 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide.Early Blossoms
Ranunculus 'Magic Yellow'
Magic Yellow offers gorgeous, golden-yellow flowers that are perfect for late-winter or early-spring gardens. It grows 12 inches tall and 15 inches wide.Early Blossoms