Nothing says spring more than the delicate, paper thin petals of the ranunculus flower. We delve into the symbolism and meaning behind the rose of spring. A member of the Ranunculaceae family, it originates from the middle east, hence an alternative name of turban buttercup. Ranunculus comes from the latin word for frog “rana” and small “unclus”, when combined meaning small frog; referring to the swampy locations where the flowers are often found and their similarity to the animal itself.
In the Victorian language of flowers ranunculus means - I am dazzled by your charms, the perfect flower for crushes and new lovers. The layers of delicate petals perfectly represent femininity and the gentleness of a woman.
According to the Native American legend a mythological coyote was playing with his eyes by throwing them up into the sky and catching them. While he was doing so an eagle came flying over him and caught his eyes. As the poor coyote couldn’t see anything, he picked two small ranunculus flowers and made them into his eyes. From that day forward the delicate blooms were also called coyote eyes and are often associated with careless behaviour. Another of our favoured ranunculus stories is the tale of the Persian prince who fell in love with beautiful nymphs. To impress the female divinities the prince would sing to them every night, however they refused his love. As the legend goes there are two different endings to the tragic love story. The nymphs turned the prince into a flower to make him stop singing to them every day. The more dramatic ending to the tale, the desperate prince died from sadness and in the place where he died a small flower called ranunculus sprung up and since then it was called ranunculus.
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