In the plant world, ranunculus and anemones are like peanut butter and jelly — a classic spring combo. While ranunculus and anemones have some differences in appearance, They are both part of the buttercup family and it’s easy to see why these spring bloomers are often associated together. Both grow from underground corms or rhizomes and sprout leafy stems with papery flowers at the top. They share a fleeting blooming period from late winter through early spring. And for these reasons, they tend to appear together in springtime flower arrangements as the perfect floral duo.

In fact, they are such strong partners they are seldom mentioned individually. It’s almost as if they only come in pairs, “ranunculus and anemones.” 

Asia Meets the Mediterranean

Ranunculus, native to Asia, with firework-like whorls of velvety petals, come in a rainbow of hues like red, pink, orange, yellow, purple, and white. Tightly woven petals are velvety to the touch and radiate outward in a circular shape. Anemones may at first seem quite different from their ranunculus companions with saucer-shaped blossoms and a dark black center, but look closer and you’ll see they share similar rich, saturated hues and papery thin petals in shades of red, pink, purple, blue, or white. These delicate flowers are native to the Mediterranean region and are often found growing wild in fields and meadows in spring.

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When clustered together in a vase, these two blossoms create a showstopping display. The contrasting forms and harmonious colors just seem to click, like two best friends. They’re a natural pairing that captures the uplifting essence of the season with unparalleled vibrancy and cheer.

So while you may be inclined to put peanut butter and jelly between the same two slices of bread, in the world of flowers, ranunculus and anemones go together like the two condiments — a match made in heaven for celebrating spring’s arrival.