Colours and shapes
Ranunculus is available in white, yellow, orange, pink, red and purple varieties. Its petals open one by one, slowly revealing its dark-coloured heart.
The ranunculus symbolises charm. In Victorian times, the gift of a bunch of ranunculus meant the giver found the receiver very charming indeed! The flower is still extremely popular today, and a gift of a dozen stems is bound to bring a smile to someone's face.
The ranunculus comes all the way from central Asia. When the flower arrived in Europe, it was given the strange-sounding name Ranunculus. This is in fact derived from the Latin word for frog — which isn't as weird as it seems. In the wild, the ranunculus grows in swampy, marshy areas.