Ranunculus asiaticus, the Persian buttercup, is a species of buttercup native to the eastern Mediterranean region in southwestern Asia, southeastern Europe, and northeastern Africa. It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 45 cm tall.
Many gardeners love growing Ranunculus with its beautiful flowers in a wide variety of gorgeous colors. Their blossoms look like works of art with their layers of crepe paper thin petals. The name, Ranunculus Asiaticus comes from the Latin: “rana” meaning frog, and these plants are so called because many wild species do grow in damp settings. Asiaticus refers to the place from which many species hail, Asia. Ranunculus belongs to the buttercup family, and this explains some of its common names that include Persian Buttercups, Buttercup and Crow’s Foot – because of its claw-like tubers