Ranunculus asiaticus, also known as Persian Buttercups, are fabulous perennials with a most unlikely name. Ranunculus (pronounced ra-NUN-ku-lus), you see, means "little frog." They are so called because some of the other species within the genus are native to watery places. But this magical plant bears no resemblance to its salientian namesake. Reminds me of Der Froschkönig.

Flowering begins in late spring and continues into early summer. Persian Buttercups are excellent in container gardens, perennial and bulb gardens, and absolutely fantastic for cut flower arrangements. They are particularly beautiful when planted in lavish beds, or tucked here and there among other flowers.

Plant a box of them. When your "little frogs" bloom, you'll be astonished and wonder, "Where have you been all my life?"