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Herbaceous Perennial

Ranunculus 'Pauline Violet'

buttercup 'Pauline Violet'

A tuberous perennial to 40cm with long-stalked, deeply lobed, mid-green foliage. In late spring and early summer upright, branching stems bear fully double flowers with many rows of ruffled, satiny, deep red-purple petals

Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Purple Green
Summer Purple Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Ranunculaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Potentially harmful
Harmful if eaten, skin irritant. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling. Pets: Harmful if eaten, skin irritant - for further information and contact numbers regarding pets, see the HTA guide to potentially harmful plants
Genus

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

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Normally started from clusters of claw-like tubers, planted in autumn or spring, and requiring a dry, dormant period in summer. Grows best under unheated glass with good light and ventilation, using a fertile, humus-rich, free-draining compost such as a mix of equal parts loam, leaf mould and grit. Can also be used as a short-term bedding plant in well-drained soils

Propagation

Propagate by division

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Patio and container plants
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
  • Cut flowers
  • Bedding
Pruning

Remove spent flowers

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, slugs and snails

Diseases

May be susceptible to powdery mildews and grey moulds

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