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Fall In Love with Ranunculus

One of the most mysterious, sultry blooms to be found today is the ranunculus. This beautiful, rose-like bloom is frequently used in bouquets everywhere, from home decorating to wedding bouquets. However, these gorgeous blooms have a rich history, dating back to the 13th century and enjoyed by kings the world over. With a deep, specific meaning, it’s easy to see why ranunculus were sent to communicate strong feelings. At Cascade Floral Wholesale, we’re always excited to showcase these amazing blooms. Here are just a few reasons we love ranunculus and think you will too.

Little Frogs

This frilly bloom emulates a rose in its circular layered pattern and large, open heads. However, the two are unrelated. Ranunculus are actually related to the Persian buttercup. Their name comes from the Latin rana and unculus, meaning “little frog,” possibly because ranunculus are often found near water, much like frogs. With colors ranging from whites and pale pinks to deep reds and purples, and including oranges, yellows, and varying shades of pinks and purples, ranunculus complement most any bouquet. But be ready for them to steal the show! Ranunculus usually develop into big showy blooms that love the spotlight.

Royal Blooms

First discovered in the 13th century, ranunculus were already adorning the grounds and gardens of the rulers of the Ottoman Empire. Discovered by the Crusaders under Louis IX, the ranunculus was seen at the palaces of sultans and kings in Persia and other Eastern civilizations. The ranunculus was later discovered in Asia as well, and eventually made its way to the temperate regions of Europe and then the United States. Each nation tends to have its own name for this bloom, but ranunculus is closest to the original Latin. 

Graceful and Lovely

Much like roses, the meaning behind a ranunculus depends heavily on the color of the bloom and the culture in which it’s being sent. Typically, a ranunculus of any shade announces a compliment to the recipient of how desired and attractive they are to the sender. Other sentiments include communicating to the recipient that they are charming, dazzling, radiant, beautiful, and full of grace and loveliness. As with other varieties of flowers, the hue of the blooms sent might alter the meaning, from red meaning passionate desire to pink meaning timid adoration. 

If you’re planning to send a loved one ranunculus to announce your feelings, do a little research to be sure you’re communicating the right message. To use these frothy blooms in a wedding bouquet, simply ensure they complement your other wedding colors well. As a simple addition to your home’s decor, select the colors you love most and express yourself with these delightful blooms. To learn more about the joy of including ranunculus in your next bouquet, talk to the floral professionals at Cascade Floral Wholesale. We’re here to help you choose the perfect bloom for every occasion.