The anemone ranunculoides is mainly used as a garden plant. It can enhance an ordinary garden by adding some rich, yellow colored blooms and plush green leaves. It is a perennial plant and it is also called the buttercup anemone or the yellow wood anemone. This plant can survive in temperatures that go below zero degrees and it is known for being a fast growing flowering plant. The anemone ranunculoides grows best in woodland soil.
This plant almost resembles a small type of shrub. It has a red to dark brown stem with lighter green leaves that are long and thin. The edges of the leaves are jagged on the top of each leaf and there are many of these leaves that surround the colorful bloom. The flowers this plant produces have 5 petals that are round in shape. In the center of each flower, there is a small spot of green and it is surrounded by longer pods of bright yellow. The petals are also a dazzling yellow color guaranteed to catch the eye of any gardener. These flowers can give any garden area a fresh appearance.
The anemone ranunculoides is an easy plant to grow. It is hardy and can survive even the coldest of winters. It is a smaller plant that only reaches around a foot in height so it makes a perfect companion plant. There are a few good tips to follow while caring for an anemone ranunculoides, to make sure that it remains healthy.
Before you place this plant in your garden, you should do a quick soil test to make sure that your soil has the right nutrients. This plant likes highly acidic soil. If your soil needs to be improved, you can purchase a specific fertilizer made to add the nutrients the plant needs. Fertilizer helps the plant to produce brighter looking leaves and more blooms from mid spring to early summer.
Since the anemone ranunculoides lives and thrives in cooler temperatures, it should never be placed anywhere that has hot direct sunlight. This plant likes the shade and this makes it an excellent companion plant. You can place it among other plants that will eventually grow much higher and not have to worry about the extra shading. Most types of flowering plants actually love sunlight but not this one. Keep your plant in a mostly shaded area to avoid scorching the blooms or leaves.
You will have to raise the soil for this plant. If you are planning on just one plant, you can plant it on an elevated hill. If you will be using more plants, it is recommended that you elevate each row and space the plants 10 inches apart from each other. You will want the water to naturally flow away from the roots. You will also want to properly space the plants apart because they have a tendency to bush out. This plant only grows to a foot in height and this means that the roots are not the only thing that is open to water damage. The leaves sit close to the ground, so make sure to only water this plant once a week and also make sure that the rest of the time, the leaves and roots are kept dry.
Rabbits and horses are known to love this plant. If they are allowed to be near it, they will eventually consume it. If you live in an area that has either of these animals, the anemone ranunculoides might not be the right choice for you. But you do always have the option of fencing in your garden to avoid these pests.