Hardiness: 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) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: White/Near White
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
On May 27, 2010, 48park from Pepperell, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I had researched plants known to have grown in colonial gardens to complement our antique colonial home and came across ranununculus aconitifolius in one of the lists. it has been recorded in gardens dating back to the 1600s in Europe. I tracked down an internet vendor and nervously planted two in my Zone 5a garden last fall. Both plants have returned with great vigor. The flowers are very small, but many and lovely. They do seem to be slightly more vigorous if given part shade.
On Dec 30, 2007, Milly from Federal Way, WA wrote:
I had been hunting it for 15 yrs solely on the name I had heard as a newbie - "Fair Maids of France" (but didn't want the trouble of ordering from UK). I didn't realize then that the drooling avid gardener was referring to cardamine, but the picture I found was this plant, and I fell in love. Finally the pre-Burpee Heronswood carried it, but only for 2 yrs. I got two plants just to be sure :) (PS - I k
I've been growing this utterly charming plant for a several years - it seems very happy here - especially in the sunnier location. While hunting, I was delighted to hear a Newfoundland arboretum fellow plead for other professionals to grow and save it (I was too amateur to be given a start :). If I knew a foolproof way to propagate it, I'd try. I don't think seeds would come true - ?
On May 19, 2005, vickyth from Torbay, Newfoundland Canada wrote:
I have a plant growing in zone 5b - Torbay, Newfoundland. Seems to like a sheltered, mostly sunny spot. Likes moist ground, too. Am going to try to take a few root cuttings when the plant has finished blooming and goes dormant.
On Sep 20, 2004, jdonnellynl from conception bay south Canada wrote:
Fair Maids of France is a 'heritage plant ' introduced to Newfoundland in the late 18 th or early 19 th century. It is represented at MUN Botanical Garden, St. John's, NL, Canada and is maintained there as one of many so called heritage plants brought here from Europe. Apparently it is is difficult to propagate and is becoming hard to obtain. I am currently trying to obtain a plant for my garden.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
East Pepperell, Massachusetts Federal Way, Washington