Ranunculus ficaria ‘Brazen Hussey’

Ranunculus ficaria 'Brazen Hussy'This form of lesser Celandine was discovered by Christopher Lloyd and his head gardener of the time in a nearby wood and what a find it was! This varies from the wild form in that its heart shaped ground hugging leaves are a rich deep brown almost black which in early spring set off the brilliant glossy yellow flowers to perfection. It is easy to grow requiring little more that winter spring moisture and a cool spot for its long summer dormancy. This ephemeral ground cover is ideal in a border where later growing perennials are still asleep. I well remember it in his garden with the bright green spears of a Crocosmia erupting through it and thinking how fabulous the combination was. I also grow a green leafed double white form, an orange flowered variegated foliage form called R.f. ‘Cupreus’ and a yellow flowered one with black leaves variegated with silver called  R.f. ‘Brambling’ they are all great for late winter colour and I have 3″ tubes at $6.50.

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