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Growing: Ranunculus

Botanical Name: Ranunculus asiaticus
Life Cycle: perennial
Planting Time: spring or fall
Height: 12" to 18"
Exposure: full sun to part shade
Soil: average to rich, well-drained soil with a neutral pH
Hardiness: best in zones 8-11
Bloom Time: late spring
Flower: bright variety of colors including white, pink, red, yellow and fuchsia
Foliage: green
Propagation: bulbs (tuberous roots)
Suggested Use: beds, borders and cut flowers
Growing Hints: Claw-shaped ranunculus tubers come in different grades (sizes). The largest and most popular are called jumbos. They are 2 1/2 to 3 1/8 centimeters in circumference and will produce up to 35 flowers per bulb. Spring-planted ranunculus will bloom in June or July. Plant bulbs with the "claw" facing down 1 to 2 inches deep and space each tuber 8 to 12 inches apart. Unless ideal soil conditions can be met, tubers should be dug up and stored until the next season.
Interesting Facts: Ranunculus is said to contain medicinal properties to treat blisters, bronchitis, skin conditions and rheumatism.

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