10 Interesting Facts about Flowers

Musings of a Florist
January 26, 2023
Luna 'Flora' Monroe
  1. Flowers have been around for 140 million years and have evolved to attract pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
  2. Some flowers have fragrances that can only be detected by pollinators, and not by humans.
  3. The largest flower in the world is the Rafflesia arnoldii, which can grow up to 3 feet in diameter.
  4. The smallest flower is the watermeal, which is only 0.04 inches wide and can float on water.
  5. Flowers have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years and some species have anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and stress-reducing properties.
  6. The tradition of giving flowers as gifts dates back to ancient civilizations, where they symbolized love, gratitude, and appreciation.
  7. Some flowers, such as the lotus and water lily, can purify water and help control erosion.
  8. In some cultures, certain flowers have specific symbolic meanings, such as red roses representing love and yellow roses representing friendship.
  9. Flowers have the ability to communicate with each other and signal the presence of food sources to pollinators through scents and visual cues.
  10. Several centuries ago in Holland, tulips were more valuable than gold.

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