We know spring is here when we see ranunculus! Coming in a vibrant array of colours this is sure to be on every florists favourites lists. Popular for bridal and wedding work this delicate flower exudes femininity and is a striking yet complimentary choice in any arrangement.

Ranunculus asiaticus, commonly called Persian buttercup, is a tuberous-rooted plant that blooms in late spring to early summer. It features cup-shaped, poppy-like flowers in red, pink, purple, yellow and white with distinctive purple-black anthers. Hybrids such as the popular Tecolote strain produce fully double, peony-like flowers in a broader range of colours which also includes pastels and bicolored blooms. True petals are absent but the sepals are brightly coloured and resemble petals.

When purchasing look for at least one flower half to fully open. Make sure flowers are free of marks and damage. Select potted plants with one or two flowers open and no sign of mildew. Recut stems and place in water with a preservative that will assist flower opening. Display potted plants in a cool and bright area. Expect a vase life of 5-7 days and potted flowers to last between 1-2 weeks.

Originating in South-eastern Europe to South-western Asia.