The buttercup family consists of around 2000 species, most of which are found in the temperate climate zones in the northern hemisphere. Its official name is Ranunculus, derived from the Latin word 'rana' for frog. This refers to its habitat in the wild: it thrives well in soggy, marshy areas.
Ranunculus does well in moist borders and beds. For plants and containers, it is best to use low-growing Ranunculus, as the many layers of the petals look their finest then. The plant grows from strangely formed tubers also described as claw-shaped. Pot Ranunculus flowers from the beginning of March until the end of April. Even when they have finished flowering, the flowers remain pretty because of the fuzzy black core that keeps on growing.
- Light, sunny spot.
- Keep damp, compost must not dry out.