RANUNCULUS Buttercup, Bachelor’s Buttons

Buttercups are grown in gardens everywhere, but unfortunately they are nearly always present as undesirable weeds in lawn, bed or border rather than as decorative plants. There are, however, several Garden Buttercups – the well-known Turban Buttercup planted as small clawed tubers , the yellow-flowering Great Spearwort grown around pools and lakes, and the Bachelor’s Buttons cultivated in the herbaceous border. Bachelor’s Buttons are bushy plants which produce masses of small double flowers in summer. They require moist soil and some form of support for the flower stems. The blooms are excellent for cutting and arranging indoors.

VARIETIES: R. aconitifolius is commonly called White Bachelor’s Buttons – basic details are height 2 ft. Spacing 1.5 ft.

Flowering period: May-July. Grow the double variety ‘Flore Pleno’. Yellow Bachelor’s Buttons (R. acris ‘Flore Pleno’) flowers later, beginning in June and continuing until August. The Lesser Celandine (R. ficaria ‘Aurantiacus’) is a dwarf orange-flowering plant which blooms in March and April – plant it at the front of the border or in the rockery.

SITE AND SOIL: Any moisture-retentive soil will do – thrives in sun or partial R- acris shade. ’Flore Pleno’

PROPAGATION: Divide clumps in autumn or spring.

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