While starting a flower garden, all we can expect is vibrant blooms filling up the beds and brightening the landscape. Ranunculus garden plants are known for the same attributes. Yes, it produces bright colored blooms in shades of white, yellow, orange, pink, purple, red and some cultivars have multicolored petals. Ranunculus is a plant genus that contains around 600 different species. Most Ranunculus garden plants are bright in color and live for longer than two years. Despite the garden plants attractive coloring, they are all poisonous to eat, and most have an unappealing taste that usually causes animals to avoid them. Some of the most common examples of Ranunculus garden plants include spearworts and buttercups. The name Ranunculus comes from the Latin for “little frog.” Although the true reason for why the genus was named after frogs is unknown, it is probably because the species are often found close to water. There is some variation in the names of species within the genus across the world.
The petals of Ranunculus garden plants are often bright and attractive. Many of the species have either yellow or white petals, but some have other colors. A Ranunculus flower, in most cases, has five petals. There are exceptions, however, including plants that have significantly more petals than this.