5 Interesting Facts About Flowers We Bet You Didn’t Know

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and soon we will be seeing flower bouquets all over the place. This holiday is the springboard for spring flower arrangements, as we will now be seeing bright, vibrant colors in our bouquets compared to the subdued pastel shades of winter. So in the spirit of this romantic holiday, here are some fun facts about flowers to get you in the mood for gift-giving!

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1. Tulips are worth their weight in gold

Back in 17th century Holland, tulips were considered to be worth more than gold and silver. Back then, one bulb cost upwards of $2,000. Now, they are quite a bit cheaper and can even be used to replace onions in recipes!

2. There are more flowers than we can count

As of right now, botanists have discovered more than 270,000 different species of flowers. Of that number, a full 35,000 are simply of roses and are considered some of the most valuable flowers in the entire world. Not to mention, this number grows every single day, and there are still many different species yet to be discovered.

3. China boasts the oldest flower in the world

Known as the Mother of All Flowers, the Archaefructus sinensis is believed to be the world’s oldest flower. Discovered by archaeologists in a fossil back in 2002, it was believed to bloom more than 125 million years ago in China.

4. The smelliest flower in the world

We all love our flowers because they emit a pleasant scent, right? Well, the Sumatran Titan Arum will change everything you think about flowers. Called the corpse flower, when in bloom this bud smells similar to a dead body. While they may look interesting, it’s safe to say these nine-foot tall plants won’t be in any flower delivery anytime soon!

5. It isn’t all about the roses

While roses are the most popular flower to give for Valentines Day, in Russia this trend is quite new. Back a couple hundred years ago, tulips were given in Russia as a way to declare romantic love.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, are you wondering who to call for floral arrangements in Baltimore? Look no further than Essex Florists for all your flower delivery needs!

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