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Ranunculus Amplexicaulis - Hardy Perennial
Author: John Wood
Ranunculus Amplexicaulis Described.
Ranunculus Amplexicaulis - Stem-clasping Ranunculus; Nat. Ord. Ranunculaceæ.
A very hardy subject; effective and beautiful. The form of this plant is exceedingly neat, and its attractiveness is further added to by its smooth and pale glaucous foliage. It was introduced into this country more than 200 years ago, from the Pyrenees. Still it is not generally grown, though at a first glance it asserts itself a plant of first-class merit.
The shortest and, perhaps, best description of its flowers will be given when I say they are white Buttercups, produced on stout stems nearly a foot high, which are also furnished by entire stem-clasping leaves, whence its name; other leaves are of varying forms, mostly broadly lance-shaped, and some once-notched; those of the root are nearly spoon-shaped. The whole plant is very smooth and glaucous, also covered with a fine meal. As a plant, it is effective; but grown by the side of R. montanus and the geums, which have flowers of similar shape, it is seen to more advantage.
On rockwork, in leaf soil, it does remarkably well; in loam it seems somewhat
stunted. Its flowers are very serviceable in a cut state, and they are produced
in succession for three or four weeks on the same plant. It has large,
fleshy, semi-tuberous roots, and many of them; so that at any time it may be
transplanted. I have pulled even flowering plants to pieces, and the different
parts, which, of course, had plenty of roots to them, still continued to bloom.
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