Ranunculus calandrinioides

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Ranunculus calandrinioides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Ranunculus
Species: R. calandrinioides
Binomial name
Ranunculus calandrinioides

Ranunculus calandrinioides (high alpine buttercup) is a species of flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae, native to the Atlas Mountains of North Africa. Growing to 20 cm (8 in) tall by 15 cm (6 in) broad, it is an herbaceous perennial with broad, grey-green leaves which die down in summer, and white flowers, often tinged with pink, in winter and spring.[1] It is one of the earliest buttercups to flower.[2]

The specific epithet calandrinioides likens the plant to the distantly related genus Calandrinia.[3]

In cultivation it requires gritty soil and a dormant period in summer. It may be grown in an alpine house. The plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ "St Andrews Botanic Garden plant of the month - January 2012". Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Ranunculus calandrinioides". Retrieved 1 July 2013.