Friday Fun: 7 Of The Most Expensive Flowers In The World
One fool proof way to tell someone that you love them is to say it with flowers. If you decide on a bouquet from this list, saying it with flowers might run you into financial mud! Now that spring is in full bloom, there are tons of different types of flowers popping up everywhere. Some of the rarest and most beautiful flowers in the world may only pop up once in your lifetime. Others only bloom at night and live just long enough to see the sun rise. So poetic, right 😉 ! So, what makes the most expensive flowers in the world so special? Let’s find out!
Gloriosa: $6 – $10 per stem
This unusual bloom is also known as the fire lily because of it’s flame-like, spindling petals. The Gloriosa is native to Asia and South Africa. This flower has a pretty morbid history so you might want to think twice before gifting these gifting these. It’s rarity is what commands the hefty price tag but all parts of the Gloriosa are extremely poisonous. It only takes about 6mg of the flower’s toxins to be deadly. Here’s a not so fun fact: This plant has historically been used as a means for committing suicide.
Lily of the Valley: $15- $50 per bundle
These dainty little flowers are super fragrant and emit some of the sweetest smells in the floral world. It is also a popular choice for weddings despite its reputation for being among the world’s most expensive flowers. Don’t be fooled by their dainty appearance. Lily of the Valley is extremely poisonous. All parts contain varying amounts of different chemical compounds that can really bring on the hurt if ingested. Best keep these far away from the kiddies.
Saffron Crocus: $1,200-$1,500
This pretty little flower performs double duty. Not only is it widely sought after as an ornamental plant, it also provides the saffron spice which is used in many cuisines. Saffron is widely recognized as the most expensive spice by weight, so it only makes sense that the flower it comes from would also follow suit. According to Mother Nature Network, “it takes 80,000 flowers to harvest a mere 500 grams of saffron.”
Rotchschild’s Orchid: $5,000 per plant
Good things take time. That is definitely this orchid’s philosophy on life. Rotchschild’s orchid can take up to 15 years to bloom and can only be found growing wild in Malaysia’s Kinabalu National Park. Because of it’s unusual beauty and slow growth, this orchid has faced many challenges. It was discovered in 1987. Because of it’s rarity and unusual petals, the wild population was ravaged by orchid smugglers and driven to near extinction. Currently, this species is on the endangered list. If you ever take on the challenge of cultivating one of these, we hope you have some serious patience.
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Shenzhen Nongke Orchid: $202,000 per plant
This orchid is entirely man-made and was named after the university from which it was founded. It took scientists 8 years to develop this flower and it only blooms once every 4-5 years. It sold at auction for a whopping $202,000 for one plant. It goes down in history as the most expensive flower ever purchased.
Juliet Rose: $15.8 Million
Why are these roses labeled the most expensive flowers in the world? Because it cost famed rose breeder David Austin nearly $15.8 million and 15 years of hard work to develop it. Lucky for you, it won’t cost you that much to grow these gorgeous blooms. This species is disease resistant, super fragrant and extremely vigorous. Everything you’d want in a gorgeous rose plant.
Kadupul Flower: Priceless
One could argue that the Kadupul flower has a very romantic lifecycle. In Sri Lanka, Kadupul flower translates to flower from heaven because of it’s super short and almost mythical life story. The plant is easily cultivated but only flowers once a year. The Kadupul flower is one of the only flowers in the world that are unable to be harvested. This is because it only blooms at night. Snaplant.com says, “The flowers start blooming between 10pm to 11pm and continue to bloom for about two hours. Soon after its full bloom, the flower starts to fade and completely wilt before dawn.” Once picked, the flowers last only a few hours so these guys never make it to the flower shop. Seems like this beauty cannot be bought.