Ranunculus andersonii

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Mikkelsen
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Ranunculus andersonii

I saw Ranunculus andersonii on a seed selling website recently. I went back to the website and *poof* the chance to buy it was gone: it was missing from the list.

I'm just wondering if anyone has any Ranunculus andersonii for sale or trade. Please let me know.

Regards,James

Booker
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An iconic and magnificent ranunculus, James ... along with R. semiverticillatus and R. acraeus, the cream of buttercups.I have germinated it twice, grown it on briefly just once and coveted it ever since.

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus On the moors in Lancashire, U.K. Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

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It is eay to grow, then, Cliff ;)?

Trond Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Anne Spiegel
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Hoy wrote:

It is eay to grow, then, Cliff ;)?

Probably only if you are Cliff!!!  Cliff grows Ranunculus glacialis among other fabulous buttercups.

Mark McD
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Mark McDonough Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5 antennaria at aol.com  

Peter George
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It appears that Ron Ratko and Alan Bradshaw have listed the seed in the past. I spoke with Harvey Wrightman also, and he indicated that he germinated it, but that it wasn't an easy plant to grow on. He lost all of the seedlings over the first summer. It certainly is beautiful, though.

Peter George, Petersham, MA (north central MA, close to the NH/VT borders), zones 5b and 6 around the property.

Weiser
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Just this last summer I moved six dormant plants into my garden. I have my fingers crossed that they take hold. They grow on sharply drained north facing slopes in this area. The soil is a stony clay that is vernaly moist, drying to a hard crust through the spring. They go dormant by early-mid July, receiving almost no rain through the months of July through September. When you find them they are abundant.

I will endeavor to collect seed next season for the seed exchange.

From the High Desert Steppe of the Great Basin and the Eastern Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range Located in Reno/Sparks,NV  zone 6-7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sierrarainshadow/ John P Weiser

Peter George
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Ranunculus seed is usually ephemeral, so perhaps we can arrange a private seedex, just for us buttercup afficianados.

Peter George, Petersham, MA (north central MA, close to the NH/VT borders), zones 5b and 6 around the property.

Weiser
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The private seedex idea is fine by me!  :)

From the High Desert Steppe of the Great Basin and the Eastern Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range Located in Reno/Sparks,NV  zone 6-7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sierrarainshadow/ John P Weiser

RickR
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Peter wrote:

Ranunculus seed is usually ephemeral.

Apparently, Ranunculus gramineas is one of the exceptions.  I received seed through NARGS, planted in late February, and the seed emerged in late summer as it is supposed to.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Mikkelsen
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Hey All,

Thanks for the discussion and for the hope that some seed will be gathered. 

From 1994 to 2001 I worked at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah (try it on Google Earth... you'll be amazed at the desert, the stark beauty and  the grids that were made in the 40's, 50's and 60's that the military launched bombs onto).  This military installation had multiple populations of Ranunculus andersonii.  What Weiser said is spot on:

"They grow on sharply drained north facing slopes. The soil is a stony clay that is vernaly moist, drying to a hard crust through the spring. They go dormant by early-mid July, receiving almost no rain through the months of July through September. When you find them they are abundant."

Merry Christmas Everyone,James

Margin of the Great Basin Desert & Wasatch Mountains 4350' (1326m) elevation; Zone 5a - 6b; Only 3 miles from the moderating effects of The Great Salt Lake, Utah. 

J. Mikkelsen

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