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Ranunculus calandrinioides AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Alpine/Rockery or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Tufted

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

White and Pale Pink in Winter

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

high alpine buttercup

Family

Ranunculaceae


Ranunculus can be annuals, biennials, evergreen or herbaceous perennials, with rhizomes, tubers or spreading by runners. The leaves are variable but often palmately lobed or dissected and the flowers usually bowl-shaped

R. calandrinioides is a tufted perennial to 20cm, with broadly lance-shaped, grey-green basal leaves 5-8cm in length which die down in summer, and 1-3 pink-flushed white flowers 5cm across on erect stems

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in gritty, humus-rich, sharply drained soil in full sun. Or grow in a pot in an alpine house. It dies down in summer, keep dry while dormant. Long-lived but slow growing

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Alkaline, Neutral or Acid
  • Chalk, Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Gravel Garden, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Diseases

May be subject to powdery mildews