WHAT DOES THE BUTTERCUP FLOWER MEAN?
The buttercup flower is more than a kid’s flower and has symbolism of its own. Under normal circumstances, the buttercup means:
• Humility
• Neatness
• Childishness
• “Your charm dazzles me.”
ETYMOLOGICAL MEANING OF THE BUTTERCUP FLOWER
The buttercup belongs to the genus Ranunculus L. and includes at least 93 species or subspecies. While buttercups range in size and height they are all yellow or gold flowers with green centers. There are many legends explaining how the buttercup got both its scientific and common name.
SYMBOLISM OF THE BUTTERCUP FLOWER
The buttercup’s primary meaning is that of lightness and joy, but in some rural areas where the buttercup is considered a noxious weed, it can sometimes symbolizes ingratitude.
BUTTERCUP FLOWER COLOR MEANINGS
Buttercups come in shades of yellow with green centers and take on the color meaning for these colors.
Yellow
• New Beginning
• Joy
• Happiness
• Friendship
Green
• Optimism
• Renewal
• Good Fortune
• Health
• Youth
MEANINGFUL BOTANICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BUTTERCUP FLOWER
The buttercup contains toxic compounds and causes gastric upset in farm animals. Typically, cattle graze around the buttercup plant leaving it untouched. Use caution when displaying buttercups around young children or pets that may ingest the flowers or foliage.
Native Americans used the roots of the buttercup plant in a poultice to treat boils, eczema, warts and other skin conditions. Buttercup essential oil is used in aromatherapy and is thought to restore your inner child and bring calmness, joy and sweetness into your life.

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