Common Names: Ranunculus, Persian Buttercup, Buttercup

Botanical names: Ranunculus(rah-NUN-kew-lus)

Availability: January through May

Vase life: 3 to 7 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Small, showy, multi-petaled, bowl-shaped flowers, 1 to 4 inches across. Single and double blossoms on slender delicate stems, 10 to 20 inches long.

Color: White, yellow, orange, red and pink. Often with contrasting flower centers.

Botanical facts: The name is from the Latin word rana for frog, a reference to the fact that many wild species were found in wet areas.

Design notes: These bright, beautiful blossoms add wonderful color to garden arrangements.

Purchasing hints: Purchase tight flower heads, just showing color. Avoid weak, cooked stems.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the waterline. Cut with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.