Ranunculus acris 'Citrinus'

Meadow buttercup

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Hardy perennial

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Plant details

Ranunculus take their name from rana the latin for frog probably because of their liking for damp conditions. Distinct from the common buttercup, which can be a nuisance in lawns. 'Citrinus' has very pale sulphur-yellow flowers. These are held on thin stems which appear almost invisible. The foliage is finely cut with bold markings. It will thrive on most soils provided there is plenty of moisture. It makes a good planting partner for strongly coloured perennials and bog garden plants.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Ranunculus

Species: acris

Cultivar: Citrinus

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 40cm

Spread: 40cm

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