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Ranunculus ficaria 'double cream'

Pronunciation: Uh-nunk-you-luss fye-kair-ee-uh
Family: Ranunculaceae
Synonym: Ranunculus ficaria 'double mud'
Common Name: Double cream lesser celandine, pilewort, woodland buttercup
Cultivar: Double cream
Plant Type:
  • perennial
  • bulb, tuber, corm
Height to: 2 to 4 in
Width to: 12 in
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • -20 to -30ºF ZONE 4
  • -10 to -20ºF ZONE 5
  • 0 to -10ºF ZONE 6
  • 10 to 0ºF ZONE 7
  • 20 to 10ºF ZONE 8
Sun Exposure:
  • full shade
  • part sun
Bloom Season:
  • early spring
Bloom Description: Double cream lesser celandine (ranunculus ficaria) bears usually solitary, shallowly cup shaped, 3/4-1 1/4" across, double cream flowers, with a grey-tinted reverse to the petals
Soil Type: Moist, humus rich soil
  • Yes
Plant Perks:
  • Container Gardening
  • Deer Resistant
Pests and Diseases: Susceptible to viruses, bacterial spots, downy mildew, powdery mildew, rust, leaf smut, and a few fungal spots. Slugs, snails, leaf miners, spider mites, and aphids also cause problems indoors.
Propagation: Sow double cream lesser celandine (ranunculus ficaria) seed in containers in cold frame as soon as ripe. Divide in spring or autumn
Winter Sowing Zones: Zones 4-8
Notes for Identification: Double cream lesser celandine (ranunculus ficaria) is a very variable, tuberous perennial with long stalked, broadly heart shaped, glossy, usually dark green, basal leaves, 3/4-2" long, often with silver or bronze markings and scalloped or toothed margins. Pollinated by bees, flies, beetles, lepidoptera. Can be toxic to livestock: it is avoided by livestock when fresh, but when the plant dries the toxin is lost, so hay containing the plant is safe for animal consumption. Source: the american hort society a-z encyclopedia of garden plants and others
USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • Less then 1 day ZONE 1
  • 1 to 7 days ZONE 2
  • 7 to 14 days ZONE 3
  • 14 to 30 days ZONE 4
  • 30 to 45 days ZONE 5
  • 45 to 60 days ZONE 6
  • 60 to 90 days ZONE 7
  • 90 to 120 days ZONE 8
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