Though many florists and growers use the more formal name of ranunculus (meaing: little frog) for this bloom, others might find the more common “buttercup” name more familiar. Not all species of ranunculus, from the family Ranunculaceae are buttercups, however. With around 600 species in the family, there is room for many different looks, colors and names (including water crowfoot and spearwort.)


The leaves of some ranunculus grow from 6 to 12 inches across, and are a bright, fresh green. The stems of the flowers themselves reach from 12 to 18 inches and some of the blooms are around 3 to 6 inches wide.

Colors and Design

Flowers in the ranunculus family are not usually all that varied in color, though there is enough variety to satisfy the most discriminating bouquet recipient. These basic colors cover most ranunculus, though there may be variation in the strength of the color from species to species.

• Brilliant yellow
• White, with yellow center
• Orange
• Red

Don’t stop at these colors, however. Ask your florist about new or less well-known varieties, which you may be able to get in salmon, rose, gold or bicolored blooms.

Leaves on this flower are usually thready, if the leaf is underwater; a broad, flat leaf is more common for the floating types.


Besides being beautiful and versatile, ranunculus is popular for bouquets destined for those who are sensitive to scent. Most varieties of these flower look lovely, but have no scent to offend the nose or allergies.

Ranunculus is one of the more popular flowers for wedding bouquets and designs, event designs and personal bouquets. Their lovely colors are added to many floral designs to add that special pop of color, especially for happy occasions. If you’re tempted by this lovely flower, use the search function to find which of your local florists in BloomNation.coms floral marketplace are creating designs that feature this bloom. Or simply put in a request for a unique design all your own.