Spotlight on the Ranunculus
The ranunculus is one of my favourite flowers and luckily for me, it's in season right now. (It's season lasts from January-May/June in the UK.) It has quite a simple meaning, which doesn't change from colour to colour. It symbolizes charm, if you gift someone ranunculus you are saying that person is charming and attractive to you.
The name ranunculus is made up of two Latin words, rana which means frog and unculus meaning little, so the translation of this flower is 'little frog', quite a contrast to its symbolism of charm, as not many people find frogs particularly charming! Ranunculus flowers come in a wide variety of colours from bright red and yellow to pastel shades, I'm especially partial to a pink bloom.
There are four different types of the ranunculus flower, the standard ranunculus, the cloni ranunuculus, the pon-pon ranunuculus and the cappucino ranunculus. You can learn more about these four different types here.
There are two interesting legends associated with the ranunculus flower:
In Native American Legend: The ranunculus flower is also known by the name Coyote Eyes. According to Native American Legend, it earned this name when Coyote was throwing his eyes into the air and catching them again to entertain himself. It seems that Eagle suddenly swooped down and snatched Coyote’s eyes from mid air. Unable to see without his eyes, Coyote plucked two buttercups from the field and fashioned them as new eyes.
In Persian Legend: According to Persian legend, a young Persian Prince who always wore green and gold, became enamored with one of the beautiful nymphs and sang to her night and day. According to one version, the nymphs became so tired of listening to the young Prince sing that they turned him into a ranunculus flower. Another version declares the young prince died of heartbreak when his love was not returned and up sprang a giant ranunculus flower in his place. (Source - Flower Meaning)
It's a lovely flower to use in bouquets and in wedding arrangements, often adding a more whimsical look to the bouquet.
I hope you enjoyed learning more about this beautiful flower and that you'll make good use of the ranunculus whilst it's in season.