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Flower Glossary: Ranunculus

by Grace Bonney

I often find myself daydreaming when I’m buying flowers. I dream about running my own flower shop, selling flowers out of our office or just running away to work as some fantastic floral designer’s assistant. I love my job, but man, do I love working with flowers. Sarah Brysk Cohen of Blossom & Branch did us such a huge service by authoring the Flowers A to Z column here at D*S for years. From Anemones to Zantedeschia (Calla Lily), Sarah gave us an in-depth look at specific flowers and ideas for using them in arrangements.

I love in-depth looks at just about anything, but sometimes it’s nice to get a few key facts, almost like a cheat sheet. So Max and I decided to start photographing some of the flowers we see most often in the arrangements that are popular with the online communities these days. I’m fascinated by the way certain types of flowers go in and out of vogue, so this column will aim to give you quick information on the flowers you see in posts around the web and at weddings and parties. Hopefully you’ll walk away or Pin something for later so you have the information you need to request flowers for anything. You’ll get the name, the pronunciation, the season and a few extra tips about growing and displaying. Here’s to everyone having great floral knowledge in their tool belt- and knowing their ranunculus from their rhododendrons.

Additional Information about the Ranunculus:

  • Full Name: R. asiaticus
  • Growing details: A ranunculus prefers to grow in climates where winters are mild and springs are cool. For growing details pertaining to your specific geographic region, see this page.
  • Size: Flowers grow in 12-18 inch stems
  • Cost: Bulbs are more cost effective than cut stems, if you have the option to grow them at home. Expect bulbs to be around $0.25 – $1.00, depending on the variety. Cut flowers can range from $2- $8 per stem, depending on variety.

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