January 21, 2011

Ranunculus – one of my favourite flowers

One of my very favourite flowers is the ranunculus, which is from the same family as the buttercup.  I was so happy when I went into my local florist this week and saw these beautiful pale pink blooms.

They are very feminine flowers and remind me of 50s crinoline petticoats. I love the layers upon layers of soft delicate petals.  Each day as they unfold, they look better and better, with the petals becoming more and more translucent.

Below is an overview of the Ranunculus : –

What is the Latin name?
Ranunculus

What is it commonly known as?
Ranunculus

How do you pronounce it?
ran-UN-kew-lus

What does it look like?
Layers of petals surround a small ‘button’ centre, which is usually green.  Ranunculus are available in a wide range of colours from pink, yellow, white, red, and orange to burgundy.

When can you buy them?
They are normally available in the winter and spring. 

Where can you buy them from?
Florists, supermarkets and garden centres.

How do you look after them?
Remove the foliage.  Cut the stems on a slant with scissors and place them in a clean vase with fresh water.

Did you know? 
There are also giant-headed ranunculus called Clooney ranunculus…nothing to do with the Hollywood actor George though!

Also, apparently ranunculus take their name from ‘rana’, the latin for frog, perhaps linked to the fact that the plants like to grow in damp conditions.

Do let me know what your favourite flower is?

(Image : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)

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