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Buttercups, a genus of plant that includes over 400 species between annuals and perennials, most of which originate from the regions of the northern hemisphere but its name, as often happens in the floral world, derives from the Greek: it is ranunculus asiaticus and it means little frog.
A nice hint that wants to remind us cool environments that these flowers frequent, definitely humid. Given the considerable number of existing varieties, we can easily imagine being able to find the most diverse shapes and colors under the name of Buttercups, they are almost all however popular like cut flowers more than as garden plants. One of the secrets of their success is their early flowering. For those in a hurry for spring to arrive.
Buttercups: the flower
THE Buttercups which are most frequently found on sale are those orientalis, such Ranunculus asiaticus: they grow well in the garden as well as in flower beds or rocky areas. Even spontaneously. In general, this well-known plant has often fibrous roots and stems decorated with smaller and smaller leaves until it leaves room for absolute protagonist: the flower.
I'm cupped and often "single", have almost translucent petals that vary in color from species to species, from yellow to white, the two most popular colors, although insisting we can also find Buttercups red, purple, orange and even green. The green leaves they always are, if the plant is healthy, and to be precise, theirs is a light green color.
Among the many garden and decorative plants, also cut, i Buttercups they are the easiest to grow and do not get fussy about their placement. They do best in humid environments and don't like to spend hours in the blazing sun, but they both adapt and generally want plenty of light and water. The soil, therefore, must generally be rich and humid, excellent even if close to ponds or small streams.
If grown well, these plants can achieve a height of 40 cm, let's start to water them frequently, at least once a week, if it doesn't rain too much, and to fertilize them in the period before flowering so that the leaves are thick and the flowers are born in abundance. A classic fertilizer for flowering plants, rich in nitrogen and potassium, is perfect for ours Buttercups.
Among the many varieties that the genus presents, one with pure white flowers, with a beautiful yellow center, is the one called Ranunculus aconitifolius. Their diameter is approximately 2 cm, and the height of the whole plant is around 20 cm. It is a species that has been cultivated since the 16th century, has strangely dark green leaves and blooms in early summer. In addition to the particularly white flower, they also have leaves that look like little hands, because they are toothed and are divided into 5 leaves.
If the white buttercups, together with the yellow one, are easy to find, the pink ones are not, they are rare. We can try to ask for the Ranunculus amplexicaulis, a species originating from alpine areas of Spain, very suitable for the rock garden. It is known for its compactness and delicate flowering with a pink touch. In fact, its flowers always have the yellow center but they can be pink as well as white, always with 5 petals.
Bridal bouquet of buttercups
Among the most classic choices for a bridal bouquet, as well with daffodils, daisies, lilacs and irises, the buttercup can also appear. In addition to being beautiful, delicate and romantic, this flower is a symbol of melancholy beauty. What does melancholy have to do with weddings?
Nothing but on a practical level i buttercups are ideal for spring weddings because they are "available" at the beginning of spring, before many other more classic species that are more awaited than the bride herself. In addition to the bouquet, same-day buttercups are often used for the button panel or table decorations as well as for the wedding favors.
Buttercups in vase
The Ranununculus montanusamong all the buttercups it is one of the most suitable to be grown in pots due to its small size. It has leaves similar to those of geranium and stems up to 15 cm high with single, yellow flowers that appear from May to July, cup-shaped. The top of the tops among the pot buttercups is the Molten gold which does not exceed 10 cm in height but does not make us lack bright and shiny leaves and very brightly colored flowers.
As we have already said and reiterated, but let's repeat it, buttercups are very popular and are comfortable in the garden and in bouquets, because they bloom early. This is one of the first flowers to appear and announce the beginning of the summer: how can you not love a creature who carries this happy message?
Sometimes it already begins in late winter to prepare the flowers with a circular shape and a very wide range of colors that in addition to white and yellow, also includes orange, pink and red. Too bad it doesn't smell, but we can be satisfied, waiting for the other flowers to enjoy with the nose as well as with the eyes.
Certainly they do not smell like fake buttercups but they can be useful for urgent decorations and to give a delicate and elegant touch to the environment. At 23 euros we can buy online 130 grams of spring in pink bouquet format. As soon as winter starts to show signs of exhaustion, and spring bursts, immediately to buy real buttercups. White or yellow.
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