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Ranunculus asiaticus (Persian Buttercup)

Persian Buttercup, Turban Buttercup, Persian Crowfoot (Ranunculus asiaticus)


Adored by florists and gardeners, Ranunculus asiaticus (Persian Buttercups) is a tuberous-rooted plant boasting brilliantly colored flowers adorned with multiple layers of delicate, crepe paper-thin petals. Native to the Eastern Mediterranean region in southwestern Asia and southwestern Europe (Crete, Karpathos and Rhodos) and northeastern Africa, Persian Buttercups produce masses of very long-lasting, single, double or frilled blossoms in a rainbow of gorgeous colors.

  • Borne atop sturdy stems above a lush foliage mound of finely-cut, fernlike leaves, they bloom for about 6 weeks in early-mid summer in cold climates (planted in spring), or in early-mid spring in mild climates (planted in fall).
  • Persian Buttercups grow up 10-24 in. tall (25-60 cm), depending on varieties. Popular hybrid strains are 'Aviv' (grows 12-16 in. / 25-30 cm tall), 'Tecolote' (14-16 in. / 35-40 cm tall, with 3-6" / 7-15 cm large flowers) and 'Tomer' (10-12 in. / 25-30 cm tall). Any one of them will look great any place in your garden.

'Telecote White'

'Telecote Orange'

'Cloni Pon-Pon Hermionne'

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  • Persian Buttercups are cool-season flowers. They perform best where winters are relatively mild and springs are long and cool. They like cool nights and a sunny location, but not hot days. They are winter hardy in growing zones 8-11, where they should be planted in fall for spring flowers. In zones 4-7, they are usually treated as annuals and the corms are planted in spring for summer blooms.
  • Whether treated as perennials or annuals, Persian Buttercups add brilliance to the garden and make magnificent bouquets with a vase life of 7 days.
  • Persian Buttercups are perfect for beds and borders, containers and are an absolute must for the cutting garden.

    'Tomer Red'

    'Cloni Success Hanoi'

    'Delano Yellow'

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  • If you wish to use the blooms for cut flowers, you should cut the flower stems at a slant when the blooms are in the bud stage for best results. By keeping this in mind, your cut flowers will last longer.
  • Persian Buttercups grow from bulbs, more correctly corms, that have claws on the bottom. The corm size predicts the number of flowers. A jumbo bulb will produce up to 35 flowers while a number 1 bulb will produce up to 20 flowers, a number 2 bulb will produce up to 12 flowers and a number 3 bulb will produce up to 7 flowers.
  • It is advisable to soak the corms for an hour before you plant them, or water well when planting. Plant the corms 2 in. deep (5 cm) and 4-6 in. apart (10-15 cm) with the claw side down. Space jumbos 8-12 in. apart (20-30 cm).

'Elegance Red'

'Elegance White'

Elegance 'Orange'

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  • Persian Buttercups thrive in medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. The soil is best if sandy and slightly acidic. Good drainage is absolutely essential for success.
  • Persian Buttercups benefit from regular watering and bi-weekly applications of a water-soluble fertilizer. Mulch around the plants to help keep the soil cool and moist at the root level.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to promote new blooms.

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Adored by florists and gardeners, Ranunculus asiaticus (Persian Buttercups) produce masses of very long-lasting, single, double or frilled blossoms in a rainbow of gorgeous colors. Borne atop sturdy stems above a lush foliage mound of finely-cut, fernlike leaves, they bloom profusely for about 6 weeks - provided some basic rules are respected.
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Guide Information

Hardiness 8 - 11
Heat Zones 7 - 11
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs
Plant Family Ranunculus - Persian Buttercups
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Cutting Garden

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 8 - 11
Heat Zones 7 - 11
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs
Plant Family Ranunculus - Persian Buttercups
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Cutting Garden
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