What’s not to love about flowers? Well… After reading these 11 unknown flower facts you might have some reasons not to love every flower. Or value some flowers even more!
Did you know…
- That flowers did not always exist? Apparently, the first blooms appeared about 130 million years ago. The Amborellaceae is probably the common ancestor to all flowering plants.
- Tulip bulbs used to be more valuable than gold in 17th Century Holland. During this ‘Tulip Mania‘ tulips became so expensive that they were treated as a form of currency. Which is pretty odd considering that the vase life of a tulip is only 3 to 7 days.
- The Titan Arum is the largest flower in the world. Unfortunately, it is also one of the smelliest flowers – hence the nickname corpse flower. This deadly smelling flowers is approximately 2.5 meter tall and 3.7 meters in circumference.
- Fortunately, there are flowers that smell delicious. Like the Cosmos atrosanguineus, also known as the Chocolate Cosmos flower. This is a dark burgundy flower that was gifted the gorgeous scent of chocolate. But there are even more flowers that smell like chocolate: the Chocolate Orchid and the Black Salsify for example.
- Do you suffer from restless nights? A vase full of Gerberas might do the trick. Because these blooms emit oxygen and absorb carbon monoxide and toxins at night they can improve your sleep.
- Have you ever wondered how carnivorous plants actually eat bugs and other small animals? The Venus flytrap, for example, uses the little hairs on its leaves. When a bug comes in contact with those hairs the trap snaps and then digest the big with its juices.
- This fact is a rather sad one. The Agave is a monocarpic plant. This means that it grows for many years without producing flowers. Then all of a sudden it grows one single flower and dies…
- Fact number 8 is more a legend than a fact. A Northern legend explains where the Foxglove got its name from: bad fairies gave the blossoms of the Digitalis Purpurea to the fox to put on his toes so that he could sneak up on prey without making a sound.
- This fact is also about the name of the flower. The Ipomoea alba is called Moon flower because it only blooms at night and is closed during the day.
- You probably know that Thistles are Scotland’s national flower. But do you know why? Due to patches of wild thistles, the Viking hoards that tried to take over Scotland were slowed down. Which gave the locals enough time to escape from these wildlings.
- The acidity in the soil determines the colour of a Hydrangea. If the soil contains much alkaline it will turn pink, while less alkaline produces blue Hydrangeas.