1.) Roses are related to apples, raspberries, cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, pears and almonds.
2.) Tulip bulbs were more valuable than gold in Holland in the 1600s.
3.) Tulip bulbs can be substituted for onions in a recipe.
4.) The largest flower in the world is the titan arums, which produce flowers 10 feet high and 3 feet wide.
5.) Chrysanthemums are associated with funerals in Malta and are considered unlucky.
6.) The very expensive spice, saffron, comes from a type of crocus flower.
7.) Hundreds of years ago, when Vikings invaded Scotland, they were slowed by patches of wild thistle, allowing the Scots time to escape. Because of this, the wild thistle was named Scotland’s national flower.
8.) The juice from bluebell flowers was used historically to make glue.
9.) The lotus was considered a sacred flower by ancient Egyptians and was used in burial rituals. This flower blooms in rivers and damp wetlands, but may lie dormant for years during times of drought, only to rise again with the return of water. Egyptians viewed it as a symbol of resurrection and eternal life.
10.) Scientists discovered the world’s oldest flower in 2002, in northeast China. The flower, named Archaefructus sinensis, bloomed around 125 million years ago and resembles a water lily.