8 Fascinating Facts About Flowers
20 May 2015
Flowers are such a beautiful element of this world; they have magnificent blooms, radiant colours and delicate scents. They vary is shape and size and brim with endless possibilities for everything from tinctures to food substitutes. We have complied a list of fascinating facts about our floral friends to show the mystery and magnificence of the flora family.
- There are more than 2,500,000 species of flower in the world and the largest of these is the Titan Arum. This flower is native to Sumatra Island, Indonesia, Malaysia and Benkulu and in its natural habit can grow to a tremendous 12 feet in height. On the other end of the spectrum we have the tiny Wolffia flower. At the size of a grain of rice it is the smallest flower in the world. It is usually found within freshwater and has the astonishing potential to be an alternative to fossil fuels.
- Have you ever wondered why the Scottish cherish the thistle as their national flower? This is due to the flower saving the lives of many Scots during Viking invasions. The fields of thistles slowed the Vikings down meaning that the Scottish could flee to safety.
- Some flowers have fascinating culinary properties and can be used in day-to-day life as food substitutes and ingredients. The Crocus Sativus flower is a precious gem as it produces the highly valued spice saffron. If you find yourself lacking an onion in your recipe then you can substitute it for a tulip bulb. You can also substitute a caper for a pickled Marsh Marigold. The dandelion provides Vitamin A and C, Potassium, Iron and Calcium.
- Flowers have a long and rich history and some species can survive for long periods of time. The remarkable Amaryllis can produce flowers for up to 75 years and the Orchid flower can last for six months. As for the Carnation, it is clear that the world adores them as humans have cultivated them for 2,000 years.
- Flowers are not as stationary as we may think, some move with the sun and others only bloom after sunset. The sunflower bloom follows the suns rays throughout the day to catch its’ warmth. On the other hand we have the evening bloomers these include the Moon Flower, the Evening Primrose and the Casablanca Lily. All of these choose to bloom between sunset and sunrise; the Moon Flower is a gentle white, the Primrose stands a stunning yellow and the Lily bears a range of colours from white to purple.
- A Rose was grown in space by astronauts to see if the scent would be different. Remarkably the scent differed to that on Earth due to compounds acting differently in microgravity. There was also a seed discovered, buried, 32,000 years ago and it has been recently planted and has created a beautiful flower.
- Bees are hard at work everyday collecting from our beautiful flowers. To create 160z of honey they have to visit an astonishing 4.5 million flowers. 1,152 bees travel to the many flowers and come together to transform the pollen into our scrumptious golden honey.
- Flowers have different environments they like to thrive in. Daisies can be found everywhere but Antarctica and Jasmine grows in the tropics. Tulips are actually native to the ancient kingdom of Persia but have been grown in Holland for many years.
As you can see, flowers are a fascinating species so if you have been inspired and would like to liven up your living space then we have a selection of fine blooms available. Our Large Luxury Pink Tulip Globe is a pretty pink variety of delicate tulips for a cottage chic feel. We also have bold sunflowers, gentle lilies and other arrangements available to truly enliven the home.