Seen here, a pink ranunculus (ranunculus tecolote) as it blooms in Tampa today. With over 400 species in this particular genus of plants, many of which are also referred to as “buttercups,” this particular variety thrives in full sun, Zones 8-11, where it will grow as a perennial—simply allow the leaves to die back in the fall and they’ll return the following year.
If starting from bulbs, plant bulbs in the fall for spring blooms. In colder zones, the bulbs can be planted in the early spring and act as an annual. They are low maintenance and come in a multitude of colors—from white to purple, pink to red, with vibrant yellows and oranges too. A single plant may produce as many as 30 blooms per season. (However, remember that ranunculus can be toxic to grazing animals.)