While working in the garden yesterday, I noticed that my Ranunculus ficaria (Introduced species) was in full leaf form and should have flowers within a short time.
The one I have is a selection that has attractive patterned leaves and glossy yellow/orange flowers. I don't believe it ever had a cultivar name. I have it tucked in between a couple of fairly large rocks, because I've seen this species consume a large area in short order, in a SE PA garden.
In reflecting upon past plant rescues, I can't recall finding any of the 16 or so GA native or introduced Ranunculus species in this area, although there are supposed to be some around (Duncan & Kartesz). Since the various species have a wide variation in foliage types, and absent a flower, I would have ignored them, as a weed!
I have tried a couple of cultivars, R.repens 'Buttered Popcorn' & R. ficaria 'Brazen Hussy' without success. Probably in the wrong locations. The popular R. asiaticus cultivars (Persian Buttercup), with their inflated, grotesque flowers has no appeal for me.