Flowers are one of the most attractive things on the planet that are loved by all humans regardless of age. Flowers are used in marriages, birthdays, and even funerals.
We all know about flowers. But do you know how flowers originated? What are some fun facts about flowers which you never knew?
So, if you want the answer of these questions, you MUST read the all these interesting facts about flowers which very few people know. Moreover, you can make your friends jealous by telling these facts to them.
Haha, jokes aside! Here are the top 31 Fun Facts about Flowers which you don’t know!!
1. There are over 0.4 million species of flowers in the world!
According to Wikipedia, the total number of species of flowering plants are ranging from 250,000 to 400,000 which are found in different regions across the world.
From the soft roses of your flower pot to the harsh thorny flowers of rainforests and deserts, the flowers can be easily found in normal conditions.
2. Flowers first appeared about 130 million years ago!
The oldest flower ever was unearthed in Spain in the year, 2015.
The first flower appeared on Earth during the Cretaceous period but it is believed that the first flowers EVER appeared around 250 to 140 million years ago.
3. Montsechia was the first flower to be discovered!
The first flower ever to be discovered was named as Montsechia Vidalii about which we discussed in the #2 fact.
4. Tulip bulbs were once more valued than Gold in Holland!
In the 17th century Holland, Tulips were way more valuable than gold.
The tulips bulbs symbolize immortality, love, and life.
5. The Yarrow flower was used to heal soldiers during WW1!
You’ll be surprised to know that the Yarrow flower was known because of its healing powers.
Moreover, it immensely helped the soldiers to cure their wounds during the First World War.
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6. The largest flower in the world smells too much!
The largest flower on the planet, Rafflesia smells like rotting flesh!
Because of its smell, the locals call it a meat flower or corpse flower. Moreover, its smell also attracts pollinators to transfer pollen from male to female flowers.
7. Believe it or not, Broccoli is a flower!
Are you shocked? You should!
The Broccoli that you eat is a flowering head that is harvested before it fully grows. Have you thought that Broccoli is a vegetable?
It is not a vegetable but eaten as a vegetable!
8. Saffron originates from a flower, Crocus!
The most expensive spice, saffron, originates from a beautiful blue colored flower named Crocus.
Saffron is very costly as it is a labor-intensive crop.
9. The Wild Thistle slowed the Vikings!
When the Vikings invaded Scotland, they became slow because of the patches of Wild Thistle on their route and this helped the Scots to escape from there.
Bonus Fact – This is the reason why ‘Wild Thistle’ is Scotland’s national flower.
10. Archaefructus is the world’s oldest flower!
Archaefructus Sinensis, the world’s oldest flower which bloomed about 125 million years back was discovered by scientists in 2002.
It was discovered in the Northeast region of China and it is an extinct genus of aquatic flowering plants.
11. Dandelions are a good source of Vitamins!
Do you know that Dandelions are also a source of Vitamins? No?
Then, let me tell you that the leaves and flowers of the Dandelion plant are rich in Vitamin A, C, K, Calcium, Iron and Potassium.
In addition, they also contain small patches of Vitamin E, B and Folate.
12. Sunflowers actually follow the Sun!
The young flower heads generally have a property of facing the sun in the daytime. But as soon as the flowers bloom, this property comes to an end.
This astonishing phenomenon when flowers face the Sun is commonly called Heliotropism.
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13. Morning Glory blooms only at night!
The Morning Glory or moonflower is a very beautiful species of flowers which only blooms at night.
It is mainly found in Argentina, Florida, Mexico, and New World (Wikipedia).
14. Lady’s Mantle was thought to have special healing powers!
The ‘Lady’s Mantle’ was a highly preferred medicine in the Middle Ages. It was thought to have magical healing powers and herbalists even prescribe this medicine today.
It is an anti-inflammatory and astringent herb.
15. Gas plants emit flammable vapor in hot weather!
Some gas plants emit harmful flammable gas which is even ignitable by a matchstick.
Fortunately, it only happens during warm and humid nights.
16. White flowers are more fragrant than colorful flowers!
Do you know why some scents are very costly and very impressive? Because they use white flowers for making scents!
If compared with colorful flowers, white flowers will have a stronger fragrance which will ultimately be used in making scents.
17. The Dandelion represents three celestial bodies!
Dandelion is the only flower that represents three celestial bodies namely Sun, Moon and stars.
The yellow flower at the center represents the Sun, the puffball resembles the Moon and the white dispersing seeds represent stars.
18. Rose Oil requires too many roses!
Rose Oil is the oil extracted from the petals of various types of roses.
And the shocking fact is that it requires about 250,000 rose petals to manufacture 5ml of rose oil.
This ultimately means that it requires about 10,000 roses to manufacture 5ml of rose oil. OMG!!
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19. Colombia has the most number of orchids on the planet!
This is not a big deal as Orchid is the national flower of Colombia.
There are about 4000 species of Orchids all over the world but fortunately, you’ll get around 1500 species only in Colombia.
20. Sunflowers prevent growth of other plants around them!
The seeds of sunflowers contain an allelopathic chemical that prevents new plants from growing near sunflowers.
On the other hand, they also help a lot by preventing growth of weeds.
21. About 25% of the flowers are on the edge of Extinction!
According to The Guardian, over 25% of flowers face extinction, and many of them even before the discovery.
This is a really serious issue on which the governments of every country must contribute.
22. Around 571 species of plants have already gone extinct!
National Geographic carried out a global survey which states that from the 1750s, about 571 species have gone extinct which is about 4 times higher than the previous estimate.
23. The Corpse Flower is the ugliest flower in the world!
The Corpse Flower or Titan Arum is entitled as the ugliest flower on the planet. It is mainly found in Indonesia.
24. The Bird of Paradise looks like a bird but it is a flower!
The Bird of Paradise flower is a perennial plant mainly found in South Africa.
The most interesting fact about it is that it exactly looks like an amazing bird. Have a look at the image below.
25. Roses are related to apples, almonds, cherries, and pears!
These are related to each other because they belong to a single family,’Rosaceae’.
It is considered one of the most economically important crops and it also includes peaches, plums, apricots, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, and medlars.
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26. Chrysanthemums are called unlucky plants in Malta!
Although Malta is rich in flowering species of plants, Chrysanthemums are considered as unlucky flowers.
Do you know the reason behind it?
This is only because they are used in rituals at funerals.
27. Many species of bamboo flowers after 65 or 120 years!
We see various flowers every day which bloom in about 2-3 days.
But this is not true for bamboo flowers. Many bamboo species only bloom after long intervals of 65 years or 120 years.
That’s very long!!
28. Agave is a monocarpic plant!
Monocarpic plants only bloom once in their life and then they die.
Agave is also a monocarpic plant found in tropical regions of South America.
29. Shenzhen Nongke Orchid is the most valuable flower ever sold!
At an auction in 2005, the Shenzhen Nongke Orchid was sold to an anonymous bidder for a whopping 160,000 yen which equates to around $2 million.
30. The Rainbow Rose is AMAZING!
This astonishing rose represents all the 7 colors found in a rainbow.
Although you can’t grow them in your garden naturally, they are literally very beautiful.
Besides roses, other flowers like orchids, hydrangea, and chrysanthemums can also be colored the same as the rainbow rose.
31. Lotus was considered sacred by the Early Egyptians!
The original lotus which was considered as sacred in ancient Egypt is the Nymphaea Lotus also known as the Egyptian White Lotus.
The Egyptian White Lotus and the Egyptian Blue Lotus were often observed in the ancient Egyptian Art.
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So, how were these fun facts about flowers?
We hope that they all really interested you and gave you a clear vision of flowers.
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