Thursday, April 12, 2007

my ridiculous flower...

my latest flower-of-the-moment! *grins* this little bud-lette looks like a sillier cousin of the rose and a tinier brother of the peony (who's sheer size scares me..)

Name: Pronounced ran-UN-kew-lus. The Latin name ranunculus means "little frog".
Origin: The Middle East, hence their alternative name "Turban Buttercup". They have tuberous roots and hollow stems.
Colour: A wonderful array of colours, yellow, white, red, pink, orange, and and copper, either peony flowered or open flowered, with dark or yellow centres.
Availability: Winter and spring.
Ranunculus belong to the Buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) and is the cultured cousin of the Marsh Marigold.


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