Belonging to the family Ranunculaceae (the same family as buttercups), ranunculus are a frilly and round flower coming in many colors. They are available year round (with the peak of availability from January to May), yet can vary in size and price depending on the time of year. 'Ranunculus' translates from Latin to little frog. They come in white, blush, pink, orange, yellow, peach, burgundy, red, plum, coral, black, and green.
Starting around Novemeber and lasting til March, the Cloony (also spelled Clooney or Cloni) variety becomes available. The heads on this particular ranunculus are larger and more full. Although coming in at a higher price, their size and lush look well make up for it! Designer varieties of ranunculus include the Japanese Ranunculus, which have limited availability and dappled colors on the petals. These are available from January to April.
The water that ranunculus are held in should be changed daily since the stems can dirty the water quickly. The stems often bend and are therefore not perfectly straight. Their vase life is 3-7 days, although I have had many last for weeks with proper care!
Overall, ranunculus come in many colors and are a unique and dense flower, but on the downside are somewhat small with weak stems. Despite them being moderately priced, they can become pricey in if looking to fill up space versus more expensive flowers that take up a larger area due to their small size. The look that they provide is beautiful and unique and are personally one of my favorites.