Many florists and growers use the more formal name of ranunculus flowers, with the cutest meaning ever: little frog. Others might find the more common “buttercup” name more familiar. But not all species of ranunculus are buttercups! With around 600 species in the family, there is room for many different looks, colors and names – including water crowfoot and spearwort.

The Size of Ranunculus Flowers

The leaves of some ranunculus grow from 6 to 12 inches across, and are a bright, fresh green color. 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 flowers:

  • 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. You may be able to get them 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 will make any floral arrangement pop out, especially for happy occasions.

Make sure to include these beautiful blooms in the bouquet you’re sending to your special one (or buying for yourself). Check out ranunculus flower arrangements at local Los Angeles florist!

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