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Flowers have many features and secrets

Flowers have many features and secrets

.... And many of them we don’t even know know!
Flowers are pure Flowerpower - they have been used for so many things throughout history, and people have always had a close relationship with them. We give them away as gifts, we grow them at home, decorate our homes and ourselves with them, and sometimes we even eat them. But flowers also have many useful properties and secrets that we do not know about. Below we have compiled a list of fun, useful and loving facts about flowers.

• Many flowers are edible and can be easily used as a garnish in salads.

• Lily of the valley is connected with eternal happiness. It is tradition to give lilies of the valley in France on 1th of May.

• Roses are related to apples, raspberries, cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, pears and almonds.

• Tulips were more valuable than gold in Holland in the 1600s.

• Some bulbs can be used instead of regular onions in food.

• Chrysanthemums are considered as an unlucky flower and are associated with funerals in Malta.

• The expensive spice saffron comes from a specific type of crocus flower.

• The largest flower in the world is Amorphophallus Titanum, also called Corpse flower and has the scent of rotten meat. It comes from Sumetra and bloom only a few times during its 40-year life, and can grow up to 10 meters high.

• The ancient Egyptians considered the lotus a sacred flower. The lotus flower blossoms in swamps and rivers, and can be put in sleep mode for long periods of drought and then bloom again when the water comes.

• In 2002 Scientists discovered the world's oldest flower in Northeast China. It's called Archaefructus sinensis and flourished for about 125 million years ago and resembles a lily.

• Moon Flowers bloom only at night and closes when the day comes.

• Artichokes belong to the same family as the sunflower.

• White flowers often smell stronger than colored flowers.

• There are over 250,000 known species of flowering plants throughout the earth.

• Bees and other insects have different eyesight and can see colors that humans cannot see. A flower that looks relatively clean to our eyes can contain a whole rainbow of colors for insects.

• Lilies are the oldest known flowering plant, and it has been used in art for hundreds of years.

• There are over 15,000 varieties of roses.

• Tulips can grow more than 2 cm a day after they have been cut.

• Over 12% of all roses sold in the US in 2011 were sold for Valentine's Day.

• Studies from Harvard and Rutgers university’s show the following about flowers: 12% of employees were more productive if there were flowers on the job place, and there was more enthusiasm and energy in the workplace and 72% of older people perform better in memory tests after they have received flowers.

• Christmas is the biggest flower festival, closely followed by Mother's Day and Valentine's Day.

• Amaryllis and hyacinths are actually spring flowers, but the bulbs are heat treated so that they bloom for Christmas.