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Ranunculus gramineus

 
Ranunculus gramineus
2012
grassy-leaved buttercup
Same plant, 2014
Ranunculus gramineus

Common name grassy-leaved buttercup
Family ranunculaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-9)
Flowers yellow (late spring-early summer)
Size 10-12"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil (not too dry)

Forms a tuft of blue-green grassy leaves, topped by late spring by stems bearing rounded lemon-yellow flowers. Usually summer-dormant, with leaves re-appearing in autumn. After seeing our single plant bloom for the first time, I was hoping for a larger and more robust plant in years to follow – but two years later, the plant hasn't grown much. So I guess I need a larger number of them to make a statement.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '09/'10 exchange, cold-stored through summer. Baggy 70F (29%G, 3-6w).
    Baggy 35F (13w; 17%G, 6-7w) - 70F (no further G, 3w)

Poor survival rate of sprouted seeds. I was happy to get any seedlings from my year-old seed, given its reputation for short viability.


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