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Ranunculus acris

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Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris) at Plants Unlimited

Meadow Buttercup in bloom

Meadow Buttercup in bloom

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  1a

Other Names:  Tall Buttercup

Description:

The tallest and most elegant of common buttercups; reaching up to three feet, and producing masses of stunning yellow double flowers all season long, great for naturalizing, borders, or containers

Ornamental Features

Meadow Buttercup has masses of beautiful yellow round flowers at the ends of the stems from mid spring to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated lobed leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Meadow Buttercup is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Meadow Buttercup is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Meadow Buttercup will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features

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