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Ranunculus ficaria ssp. ficariiformis

Lesser Celandine

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Item #: 3455

Zones: 5a to 9b

Dormancy: Summer, Fall

Height: 10" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Southern Europe

Pot Size: 2.5" pot (7.9 fl. oz/233 ml)

For late winter and early spring flowering in the garden, it's hard to beat the lesser celandines. These deer-resistant buttercups first appear in February and disappear completely by the end of May. Ranunculus ficaria ssp. ficariiformis is one of the largest of the celandines, making a 10" tall x 1' wide clump. The glossy green 2" round foliage is topped in late February and March with 1" bright yellow daisies. While the straight species is too weedy to grow, we haven't found this to be the case with this special form, shared with us by plantswoman Pam Harper over 12 years ago.