May - June
well drained, moist
acid - neutral - alkaline
mountains in Europe
Ranunculus is a large genus of around 600 species in the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae, with a global distribution. The latin name means little frog, which is a reference to their preferance to moist soil. Most flower in spring or early summer, usually yellow flowers, but a few flower white or greenish flowers. They prefer sunny positions.
Division in spring or fall.
Seed - sown in September - November
Seed has very short viability and should be stored refrigerated until it is sown.
Seed lightly covered and stored at 20°C (68°F) for 4 weeks and then moved outside until germination. The seed needs temperatures below -5°C (23°F), so refrigeration is not enough.
Needs a fairly sunny position and well drained soil.