YELLOW BUTTERCUP Ranunculus hispidus
Ranunculus hispidus is a species of flowering plant in the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae. It is commonly known as bristly buttercup, rough buttercup, and is a native wildflower in North America. Plants grown in part- or mainly sunny locations, often found along the edges of woodlands, the plants are quite versatile.
Type: Hardy perennial
Hardiness Zones: 4-9
Location: Sun or
Height: Approximately 24", though can easily be 12-36" depending on location
Seeds per pack: 20
Note: Ingestion of these plants may cause minor illnesses such as vomiting or diarrhea
Germination: As with many perennial seeds, these seeds benefit from a period of moist cold to help them begin to grow. This is done by giving them a cold 'winter' period (artificial or natural), and then a warming to simulate 'spring', and time to grow! Here's how this can be done:
Obtain a planting container that has holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds just under the surface of your growing medium, and water. Place your container in a cold area (but not freezing, perhaps a refrigerator) for 4-6 weeks. Once the cold period is completed, place the container at room temperature for them to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period. Seedlings will sprout about 3-5 weeks, or occasionally several months, after the warming period.
Another option if you are planting your seeds in late winter or spring, these seeds can be planted outdoors while it is still cool out (once the ground is workable and unfrozen), to receive the cold period naturally in the garden.