6 Jun 2011

Interesting Facts about Flowers

  • The largest flower is the the Rafflesia or “corpse flower” and it has a very pungent scent – hence its nickname because it often smells like rotting flesh
  •  White flowers tend to be more scented than coloured flowers
  •  Sunflower stems used to fill lifejackets before modern technology and materials were invented which proved more effective
  •  Onions contain a mild antibiotic that fights infections
  • There are over 15,000 species of roses grown around the world
  • Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell and Barbara Streisand each have a rose named after them
  • Tulip Bulbs can be used instead of onions for cooking
  • The rose family also includes apricots, cherries, peaches, pears, apples, plums and almonds
  • Broccoli is a flower and also a vegetable
  • Saffron comes from the crocus flower
  • In Malta, chrysanthemums are connected with funeral and it is considered bad luck to keep the flower indoors – However Feng shui ideology believes that chrysanthemums bring joy and laughter to any roo
  • Tulips can grow up to an inch a day after being cut
  • There are over 250,000 species of flowering plants in the world
  • During the 1600s, Tulips were so treasured and valuable that their bulbs were worth more than gold

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