Native to Asia and celebrated for its bright beauty, the ranunculus is available in nearly every color, from white to pink, red, yellow, and orange. Often considered as a cost-effective alternative to the rose and the peony, the lush, multipetaled bloom is actually a relative of the buttercup — that little flower you might have picked and held close to your chin as a child — and stands just as well on its own as it does as an accent.
Season: Late fall to early spring.
Meaning: You are radiant with charm, attractive.
Pros: The sturdy stem and hardy flower of the ranunculus make it a popular choice for wedding arrangements. Once cut, ranunculus can last up to a week, making it an ideal pick for both bouquets and centerpieces.
Ranunculus comes in many colors, and is pretty in bouquets at all levels of openness, from a tight bloom to a fully open flower.
Cons: Because there is only one flower on each stem, and the flowers tend to be small, many stems will be needed in each bouquet. Unless, that is, you use the ranunculus as an accent flower.
The ranunculus can be wire-wrapped, but prefers to be in water and may begin to droop by the end of the night without it.
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