Flowers are usually a way to express how we feel and what we mean. We use them whether we are present or not, and they can sometimes be considered as a serious expense or a nice investment into the future or someone’s feelings.
We use pictures to paint thousands of words, and that is exactly the way flowers represent emotions. In many situations, flowers simply fill the silence and destroy the distance better than any word on any language, ever.
We can use flowers to show the love for someone or express (in a financial way) that we care about someone or something, maybe even without our physical presence. For example, a wedding that takes place thousands of miles away, money or some circumstances stop us from attending an event and that can be a devastating limitation. That is why we can send a bouquet of flowers and show that person (or people) some love and respect (or condolences).
So, we all love flowers and we all feel special if someone gives them as a present to us. However, according to a chart we found on www.sendflowers.org.uk, some flowers are simply too expensive not only to buy but to grow too.
The most expensive flowers in the world:
1. Gloriosa: $6 – $10 per flower
All 12 species in this genus are native in tropical and southern Africa and Asia and naturalized in Australia and the Pacific. It is an expensive and very rare flower. It has beautiful petals with changing colors from center to tip. You can find these flowers in yellow-green, pure yellow, orange, and deep red colors. The leaves of this flower can grow up to 3 meters long and it is a flower that grows best during wet summers.
This flower is used for medicinal purposes in areas in its native areas, in spite of the fact that it is very poisonous. It can cause severe skin irritation and it is poisonous if ingested.
2. Saffron Crocus: $1,200 – $1,500 per pound
This flower is actually a very popular spice and it is used in many different cuisines. It is purple with a yellow stamen. You need around 80,000 of these flowers to make around 500 grams of spice. It is a hard thing to do and that is why this flower is so expensive.
3. Rothschild’s Slipper Orchid/ Gold of Kinabalu Orchid: $5.000
This flower was once called “the aristocrat of all slipper orchids”. It is extremely rare and almost extinct. It is so rare that it only grows in one place, in Malaysia – on the slope of Mount Kinabalu. This is why it doesn’t come as a shock that you need to prepare $5,000 for a single stem. That’s… a lot of money for a single plant.
4. Shenzhen Nongke Orchid: $203,000
This flower was genetically engineered at the Shenzhen Nongke University by Chinese scientists. It took the researchers eight years to grow and observe this flower. It was sold for (approximately) $203,000, and it reached that price not only because of its rarity but because also because of its beauty and its taste. Yeah… It is also very important to mention that this flower only blossoms once in four to five years.
5. Juliet Rose: $15.8 million
This flower is also man-made. Its maker, the famous rose breeder, David Austin took 15 years to grow it, and it was presented to the general audience at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2006. It is the most expensive rose ever developed.
6. Kadupul Flower: Priceless
This flower is priceless because you can’t sell it. It dies only a few hours after it is picked. And it is actually a cactus and it blossoms only at night. You can find it only in Sri Lanka, and it is a logical choice for the title of the most expensive flower in the world. It is extremely difficult to find and even if you do find it, you could just look at it for a few hours before it dies.