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Ranunculus Ficaria ‘Brazen Hussy’

By Davis Landscape Architecture @DavisLandArch


Ranunculus ficaria 'Brazen Hussy' (16/03/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Ranunculus ficaria ‘Brazen Hussy’ (16/03/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Partial to full shade

Flowering period: Spring

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 15cm

Eventual Spread: 45cm

Hardiness: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Family: Ranunculaceae

Ranunculus ficaria ‘Brazen Hussy’ is a deciduous herbaceous perennial with a clump forming habit. Its glossy black/ bronze green leaves are cordate with entire margins, up to 5cm long and 3cm broad. Its leaves die down during the dryer summer months. Its yellow flowers are up to 25mm across and appear on stalks above its leaves. Its roots are tuberous which aids its slow spread.

Ranunculus ficaria 'Brazen Hussy' Flower (16/03/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Ranunculus ficaria ‘Brazen Hussy’ Flower (16/03/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

The species, Ranunculus ficaria, commonly known as Lesser Celandine, is native to Europe and west Asia. In its native habitat it grows in woodlands in damp shady locations. The species is considered an invasive weed in many parts of the USA.

The etymological root of the binomial name Ranunculus is derived from the Latin rana

The landscape architect may find Ranunculus ficaria ‘Brazen Hussy’ useful as an attractive ground cover plant for shady areas. This plant should be used in combination with other perennials as its leaves die down during the summer months. This plant is not attractive to deer.

Ranunculus ficaria 'Brazen Hussy' Leaf (16/03/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Ranunculus ficaria ‘Brazen Hussy’ Leaf (16/03/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Ecologically, Ranunculus ficaria ‘Brazen Hussy’ flowers are attractive to pollinating insects.

Ranunculus ficaria ‘Brazen Hussy’ prefers moist, humus rich, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Ranunculus ficaria ‘Brazen Hussy’ requires little maintenance. Large clumps may be divided in spring or early autumn.

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