Also known as Buttercups, Spearworts, Lesser Celandines, and Coyote’s Eyes, Ranunculus flowers are a great option for most events or occasions. With blooms in a variety of colors including; pure white, pink, yellow, red, orange, and gold they are stunning to say the least. Ranunculus flowers offer an equally elegant alternative to roses or peonies and are best shown off in a clear vase for all to see.
Did you Know?
All Ranunculus species are poisonous when eaten fresh by cattle, horses, and other livestock, but their acrid taste and the blistering of the mouth caused by their poison means they are usually left uneaten. Poisoning can occur where buttercups are abundant in overgrazed fields where little other edible plant growth is left, and the animals eat them out of desperation. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, excessive salivation, colic, and severe blistering of the mucous membranes and gastrointestinal tract. When Ranunculus plants are handled, naturally occurring ranunculin is broken down to form protoanemonin, which is known to cause contact dermatitis in humans and care should therefore be exercised in extensive handling of the plants. The toxins are degraded by drying, so hay containing dried buttercups is safe.*