Unusual facts about the most popular flowers in the UK
Flowers, blossoms, or blooms provide an eye-catcher to otherwise plain surroundings. A flower delivery can captivate anyone with its dazzling beauty and lovely scent. Flowers have throughout history been used to express emotions such as love and fidelity. It is also common to send arrangements and bouquets as a way to say “Thank you” and “I am sorry.”
While flowers have always been part of everyday life, many unknown and unusual facts about them remain.
Freesias are one of the most widely grown and popular cut flowers in the world. Over a 100 million stems of freesias are sold in the UK each year. Freesias are available in yellow, pink, red, and black. Red and pink freesias produce high scents and smell the strongest. The specific smell and strong scent of freesia depend on its colour. Pink and red freesias usually have the strongest smell.
Freesia flower has a fragrant and sweet aroma and therefore is a common ingredient in perfumes, soaps, lotions, hand creams, shampoos, and other cosmetic products.
Gerberas are one of the most popular flowers, next to roses and carnations. Gerberas come in a massive array of colours from pink, light yellow, dark yellow, deep red, brilliant scarlet, and many more. Gerberas are great for adding colour to any space. They have a long vase life, too.
The brown centres (florets) and yellow petals (as many as 2,000 of these can make up a sunflower bloom) of sunflowers are actually individual flowers within the flower. A sunflower can also contain up to 2,000 seeds.
Daffodils are known in England as Lenten lilies or lent lilies because they usually bloom between the months of Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. The Welsh love daffodils so much it has become the national flower of Wales.
Did you know that Daffodils can help treat brain cancer?
Scientists have discovered that narciclasine, a natural compound in daffodil bulbs is beneficial in the treatment of brain cancer.
Dahlias come in a wide variety of forms and colours. Whether as a stand-alone or in combination with other cut flowers in a flower arrangement, dahlias are always breathtaking. Dahlias are a popular flower order because they have one of the longest vase life.
They have also become a well-loved choice for brides because they symbolise elegance, dignity, creativity, change, and inner strength.
Did you know that Dahlias were first classified as vegetables?
Dahlias got their name from Anders Dahl, an 18th century Swedish botanist. He originally classified dahlias under vegetables because they had edible tubers. The tubers, they say, taste similar to a mix between radishes and potatoes.
Chrysanthemums are some of the most popular flowers, especially during fall. They are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes and are available in yellow, white, lavender orange, red, or purple. Chrysanthemums in England symbolise honor and respect.
Did you know that Chrysanthemums are also used in different cuisines?
Chrysanthemum petals are popularly used in different cuisines for their good taste and aroma. It also has some medicinal properties; Chrysanthemum tea has become popular. It is said to cure serious vascular and cardiac disorders.
Violets come in a variety of rainbow colours. They come in soft pastels and bright jewel hues. Many varieties of violets feature multicolour blooms with sophisticated patterns that look hand-painted. Violets have a fragrant smell, too.
Did you know that Violets are edible and contain some nutrients?
Many people add violets to their recipes to churn up savory dishes. The petals of Violets are also often sugar-coated and used as decorations on cakes, pastries, and chocolates. The petals and stems of this edible flower are rich in Vitamin C, even more than other vegetables.
While much is known about the beauty, fragrance, and symbols of these flowers, many unusual facts remain that are unknown making them even more mysterious.