Persian Buttercup – Ranunculus asiaticus Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Shop our Growers Choice Subscription! Shop Now Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now Common Name: Persian Buttercup Botanical Name: Ranunculus asiaticus, rah-NUN-kew-lus ah-see-AH-ti-cus Decorative Life: 3-7 days. Flower Color: Orange, Pink, Red, White, Yellow Availability: Spring, Winter Family Roots: Member of the Ranunculaceae (buttercup family). Native to Crete, Southwestern Asia. Common relatives include monkshood, anemone, columbine and delphinium. Personality: Has single flowers with 5 petals, double flowers (most cvs.) with many petals resembling small peonies, 1-4 inches wide. Stems are 10-20 inches long, hollow and brittle. Plant is a herbaceous perennial from tuberous roots, classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined. Storage Specifics: From 33-41F wet storage is better than higher temperatures but more than a few days storage is not recommended. Tidbits: The Latin name derives from “rana” (a little frog), referring to the fact that many species grow in wet places. The specific epithet name “asiaticus” means of Asia. Suitable for drying.