Flowers

A florist's guide to ranunculus

Written by Rona Wheeldon
March 20, 2019

If you're a Ranunculus fan, you're in for a real treat this month at New Covent Garden Market! There are so many stunning varieties gracing our wholesalers' stands.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Omega Cloni Ranunculus At Dennis Edwards Flowers

For example, check out this bright yellow Omega Cloni Ranunculus!

Background

From the Ranunculaceae family, this popular flower derives it name from a combination of two Latin words, 'rana' meaning frog and 'unculus' meaning little. It's assumed that it earned this name because it grew along streams and was as plentiful as little frogs in the spring!

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.

There are several different varieties of Ranunculus available at the Flower Market including Elegance, Cloni, Cloni Pon Pon and Butterfly.

Elegance are the standard type of Ranunculus. Cloni, sometimes spelt Clooney, have a similar petal formation to Elegance, but they have larger heads. And the most sought after variety is pastel pink Hanoi. You may also find them referred to as Cloni Success. Cloni Pon Pon have large heads and their petals are flamenco-ruffled.

And lastly, there's Butterfly Ranunculus, which is a relative newcomer on the flower scene. It has single formed flowers, reminiscent of buttercups and each stem can carry twelve to fifteen flowers. Its petals have a wax-like texture that gives them an iridescent appearance and each variety is named after a different God.

Ranunculus, as a cut flower, are usually available from November/December through to May/June. This month, in particular, is peak season. Around April, you'll find British Ranunculus at the Market. And during March and April, our plant wholesalers often have trays of potted plants.

Types

To follow are just a few examples of the many different Ranunculus varieties available at Nine Elms.

ELEGANCE

Salmon

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Salmon Elegance Ranunculus At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Orange

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Orange Elegance Ranunculus At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Red

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Red Elegance Ranunculus At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Burgundy

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Burgundy Ranunculus

White

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona White Elegance Ranunculus At Zest Flowers

CLONI RANUNCULUS

Firenze

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Firenze Cloni Ranunculus At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Commedia

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Commedia Cloni Ranunculus At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Mambo

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Mambo Cloni Ranunculus At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Elios

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Elios Cloni Ranunculus At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Red

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Red Cloni Ranunculus At Zest Flowers

Sangria

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Sangria Cloni Ranunculus At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Sherry

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Sherry Cloni Ranunculus At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Deep PInk

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Deep Pink Cloni Ranunculus At Zest Flowers

Rosado

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Rosado Cloni Ranunculus At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Light Pink

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Light Pink Cloni Ranunculus At Zest Flowers

Venere

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Venere Cloni Ranunculus At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Pink

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Hanoi

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Hanoi Cloni Ranunculus At Bloomfield

CLONI PON PON

Malva

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Malva Cloni Pon Pon Ranunculus At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Merlino

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Merlino Cloni Pon Pon Ranunculus

Stella

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Stella Cloni Pon Pon Ranunculus

BUTTERFLY

Theseus

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2019 A Florists Guide To Ranunculus Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Theseus Butterfly Ranunculus At Bloomfield 1

Charis

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Minoan

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DESIGN INSPIRATION

With their chiffon-like petals layered like delicate French pastries, Ranunculus are very versatile flowers. In pastel shades, they're perfect for romantic wedding flower designs. And in more vibrant hues, they look wonderful clashing with other bright colours in gift bouquets. Scroll down for lots of beautiful inspiration...

Bouquet by Rebel Rebel

Bouquet by Amanda Austin Flowers

Bouquet by Hybrid Flower Co

Bouquet by Urban Flower Co

Vase Arrangement by Grace & Thorn

Table Arrangements by Hiding in the City

Wedding Design by Bloom + Burn

Arrangement by Pulbrook & Gould

Bouquet by John Carter Flowers

Table Arrangement by Larry Walshe

Bouquet by Zita Elze

Bouquet by Rob Van Helden

Bouquet by McQueens

Bridal Bouquet by Mary Jane Vaughan

Your Designs

(Source: Fierce Roots London)

(Source: Flowers and Such)

We'd love to see photos of designs that you've made using ranunculus from New Covent Garden Market. Simply send an email to hello@cgma.co.uk, stating your company name and website address. Or if you prefer, you could post your photo on Instagram or Twitter and tag us with @MarketFlowers. We'll then upload your photos into this section.

I hope you've enjoyed reading this month's florist's guide. Please do ask away below if you have any questions or would like to make any general comments. As always, we'd love to hear from you...

P.S. Did you know that in the Language of Flowers, the Ranunculus symbolises 'you are radiant with charms' and 'rich with attractions'?

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