Ah, the well-loved ranunculus. This ruffly, pretty bloom is an often-requested one for bouquets and centerpieces, and I can understand why. It’s one of my favorites, and it’s delightfully in season during the spring months. Typically, their season runs from January-June, but as this sweet little flower grows in popularity, I’ve found it to be hanging around a little longer in the early summer and then re-emerging in late-September and October based on the global growing market.
Ranunculus average a stem length of 12-18 inches, and are most ideal for cut flower arrangements. They can be used beautifully for bouquets, but they usually need a bit of protection from other flowers based on their delicate and dainty little heads. I’ll admit, a full ranunculus bouquet is one of the most beautiful things in the world, but is fairly delicate.
They come in a variety of lovely colors: white and ivory, cream (soft buttery yellow) pale pink to vivid pink, vivid yellow to golden yellow, orange, red, and green:
I love the purple ranunculus:
The species family Ranunculaceae, which includes buttercups, and means “little frog”. You probably know a buttercup (as a kid you maybe held it beneath your chin to see if it glowed yellow)
Ranunculus includes some poppy flowers, and all the ones we typically use in the flower world are from the subgenus of Persian ranunculus (which varies from a wide open flower with a lovely center to the more ruffly variety, or even those with green centers). Because of the way they are grown, you could randomly get one of any of the three described types in a single bunch of cut ranunculus, so they can be an unexpected surprise. A look at the poppy-type Ranunculus Asiaticus, or Persian ranunculus, that resemble more an anemone than a “standard” ranunculus:
The ones we most commonly see and use are the Tecolote variety of the Persian Ranunculus:
But perhaps none is more exotic and cool than the green-centered ranunculus, sometimes called an “Italian Ranunculus”:
Any way you slice it, Ranunculus is a fabulous bloom for springtime soirees. Stop in and check them out while they are at their most lovely and showiest.