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Meadow Buttercup
Ranunculus acris 'Flore-pleno'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ranunculus (ra-NUN-ku-lus) (Info)
Species: acris (AK-riss) (Info)
Cultivar: Flore-pleno




18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer




Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Denver, Colorado

Des Plaines, Illinois

Machesney Park, Illinois

Palatine, Illinois

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Fargo, North Dakota

Haviland, Ohio

Sheridan, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 2, 2011, hillfarm from Quesnel, BC (Zone 4a) wrote:

Have grown this for a few years; originally received it from Linda's Perennials in Quesnel; she had no i.d. for it & was selling it as a possible Trollius. I have been searching for i.d. for a few years & am now very certain it is indeed a Double Buttercup - flowers are very small (buttercup-sized) though they do indeed look like miniature Trollius blooms.

Very pretty; lots & lots of bloom over a very long period May right through June. I cut it back after flowering; gets quite leggy towards end of bloom season. Easily divided in spring or autumn. Has acted as a clump-former for me, not at all invasive. Nice plant.


On Mar 10, 2011, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I Love this plant!