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FutureStarrRanunculus Single Flower
The ranunculus genus is a large and diverse group of flowers that includes designer blooms with crepe petals, cold-hardy specimens, and even aquatic plants for the water garden. Also known as the buttercup, some ranunculus species are endemic to alpine regions, while other cultivars flaunt their ethereal beauty in high-end florist shops. Explore the simple and the sublime within the ranunculus species and hybrids. Look for ranunculus tubers at your local garden center, and the gnarled claws of Ranunculus Asiaticus are what you'll likely find. This ranunculus species is often sold in multi-colored mixes, featuring lollipop hues like red, yellow, orange, and pink that pop in the late spring garden. Plant in well-drained soil, and look for flowers in late spring.
At three feet tall, this New Zealand native is one of the tallest ranunculus species you can grow. The giant, round, lily pad-like leaves are just as fun as the bright white blooms. In its native habitat, this plant flowers best where it receives sharp drainage in rocky soils. The Ranunculus lyallii grows in open sites, often in rocky crevices that receive full sun but experience cool summers.All Ranunculus (buttercup) species are poisonous when eaten fresh, but their acrid taste and the blistering of the mouth caused by their poison means they are usually left uneaten. Poisoning in livestock can occur where buttercups are abundant in overgrazed fields where little other edible plant growth is left, and the animals eat them out of desperation. Symptoms of poisoning include bloody diarrhea, excessive salivation, colic, and severe blistering of the mouth, mucous membranes and gastrointestinal tract. When Ranunculus plants are handled, naturally occurring ranunculin is broken down to form protoanemonin, which is known to cause contact dermatitis in humans and care should therefore be exercised in extensive handling of the plants.
Ranunculus asiaticus is the most readily available cut flower variety and its common name is Persian buttercup. Originating from Europe and South West Asia, its delicate blooms with ruffles upon ruffles of paper thin petals formed in a rosette can be found in colours ranging from yellow, red, cream and pink to orange, burgundy and white. Ranunculus are usually available in wraps of 50 stems, although sometimes you'll find them split into wraps of 10. Historically, Ranunculus played supporting roles in Persian and Native American legends; the flowers were tied to old stories of a lovestruck Persian prince, as well as a Native American coyote whose eyes were snatched by an eagle. And prior to their modern ornamental uses, Native Americans exploited the plants’ medicinal properties and utilized dried Ranunculus in poultices to remove warts and treat muscle pains. Centuries after its first documented uses, Ranunculus—as a cultivated plant—was introduced to Europe during the reign of Elizabeth I in the 16th century. Today, it remains a much sought-after cut flower among floral artisans, especially for use in wedding work. (Source: www.flower.style)