Persian buttercups originated in the area that is today Iran, as well as in other countries in the Mediterranean such as Greece and Turkey.
Its scientific name is Ranunculus asiaticus, and it is commonly referred to simply as Ranunculus. The Persian buttercup is a truly lovely flower that resembles a rose with delicate, crepe-like petals. Other varietals have only five petals with a black center; this type is somewhat reminiscent of a poppy. The color range is substantial, including yellow, red, orange, pink and white, for example.
The overall appeal of Persian Buttercups is likely because of the stark contrast between the long, slender stem that is devoid of leaves and the incredibly full bloom.
Leaves exist around the base of the stem and are basal. Persian Buttercups are proficient in the garden and do well as ornamental plants in rock gardens, borders, beds and pots. They also make lasting cut flowers that will bloom after having been cut even while still in bud.
Persian buttercup is a tuber, which is similar to a bulb like a tulip or a daffodil. These flowers are hardy in areas with warmer climates but can be planted in other areas after the threat of the last frost has passed in the spring. Alternatively, Persian Buttercups can be planted in the autumn in areas where seasonal temperatures remain above freezing.
Persian buttercups will bloom more proficiently if cut, whether as cut flowers or after blooming is complete. In areas where the Persian buttercup is hardy, foliage should be left in place until it turns yellow and dies back. This will help ensure that next year’s growth is strong. Persian buttercups should be watered regularly throughout all cycles of active growth, but not during dormancy.