Throughout history, flowers have captured human imagination. From their medicinal usage in the Chinese medicine to the origins of flower arrangement in early Egyptian civilisation, flowers have proved their importance.Today we cultivate flowers for decorative usage or as gifts. But there is still a lot that we don't know about the many species of flowering plants found in the world. our gift delivery service has compiled 10 of the most fascinating flower facts you may not have known before.
- The Titun Arum is the world's largest flower that stands at almost 3 meters in height. It is often referred to as the corpse flower due to its awful odour of rotten flesh or carcass.
- Tulips were once the most expensive flower to buy in the world. In the 17th century, Holland tulip bulbs were more valuable than gold. Tulips were once thought to symbolise immortality, life and love.
- Two thousand flowers of roses are used to produce just a single gram of rose oil.
- The Agave plant is also called “the century plant”. That’s because it can grow and flourish for years without ever budding any flowers. Then, at the end of its lifespan, an agave plant produces a single flower and dies.
- Moonflowers is another unique plant. While most flowers need at least a little sunshine to bloom, moonflower blooms at night in the light of the moon.
- Egyptians considered the lotus to be a symbol of resurrection and eternal life. Lotus flowers bloom in rivers and damp wetland areas, but they remain dormant during a drought, yet bloom again with the return of water.
- Rosaceae, the family that roses belong to also includes many edible fruits like apples, raspberries, cherries, peaches, plums, pears, nectarines and almonds.
- Gas plants are known for their beautiful and delicate white and pink flowers, but they produce much more than just flowers. On warm nights, they create a colourless gas, which is believed to be combustible.
- The Archaefructus sinensis also known as “the mother of all flowers”, was found in 2002 in its fossil form and is believed to be the world's oldest flower. It bloomed over 125 million years ago in China.
- The flowers and leaves from dandelions are an excellent source of vitamin A, C, calcium and potassium.
So as you can see that there are so many facts about flowers that you might not have known before. Flowers are a big part of our society and are used in a lot of ways since ancient times. So why not take advantage of it and surprise your loved ones with a flower delivery.