The best bloom of Flowers
Everyone loves flowers as they bring beauty and fragrance to our lives. Flowers play a very important role because flowers is that part of the plant that makes seeds and seeds are of-course needed for new plants to grow.
But what about the origin of such beautiful lovely looking blooms!!!!
Well! Flowering plants emerged on the planet over 160 million years ago and there are over 300,000 known species of flowers alive today, but their evolutionary history hasn't been overly obvious. According to research, a shrub called Amborella shows that there was a genomic doubling around 200 million years ago.
Lets not dig too much into finding out the origin rather than finding out some interesting facts of those beautiful flowers that exist today.
Facts About Roses
- Roses are the queen of flowers and Red Roses are known to be the symbol of Love and Beauty
- Rose is derived from the Latin word "Rosa" which means "Love"
- There are over 100 species of rose
- The tallest Rose bush on record is over 23 feet (7 meters tall)
- Roses are edible.The fruit of the rose plant also known as rose hip is considered one of the richest plant sources of vitamin C
- Roses are used in perfumes. The nice scent of the rose comes from microscopic perfume glands on the petals.
- Roses can survive for extremely long periods of time.A breed of multicolored roses are said to be the most expensive roses in the world
- The world's largest rosebush is of the Lady Banksia variety.
Facts about Lotus
- Lotus is an aquatic perennial flower that lives in shallow and muddy ponds and lakes that are exposed to direct sunlight. Lotus is a symbol of beauty, grace, purity and serenity
- According to a myth, during the creation, a giant Lotus flower grew out of a pond and from it rose the sun and also according to an Egyptian mythology, the Lotus is related to the sun, as it flowers during the day hours and closes by night
- Lotus seeds can stay viable for long periods, even extending to several years. Oldest recorded germination was seen in a dry lake bed in north eastern China, from seeds that were 1300 years old
- Dried stamens of the lotus are used for the preparation of aromatic tea
- Different parts of the Lotus are utilized in traditional herbal medicine of Asia
- Leaves of Lotus are shaped like paddles, they can reach 20 inches in length
- When the Lotus flower's petals fall, they are replaced by a flat-topped seed pod divided into compartments
- Dried pod of lotus flower is very decorative and often used in floral arrangements. Petals are also used in ornamental purposes
- Lotus can survive for thousands of years
Facts about Sunflower
- Sunflowers are also known as Helianthus ('Helia' meaning 'Sun' and 'Anthus' meaning 'Flower') which tends to turn towards the sun.
- The Sunflower is native to the Americas and was extensively used by Native American Indians for food
- Sunflower oil is widely used for cooking while its seeds are used as a snack and can be processed into a peanut butter substitue called Sunbutter
- Sunflowers are actually thousands of tiny flowers, each sunflower's head is made up of smaller flowers
- Each sunflower can contain as many as 1,000 to 2,000 seeds
- The tallest sunflower on record was over 30 feet and 1 inch tall
- Sunflowers are very fast growing plants, in the right condition they can grow 8-12 feet tall in around 6 months
- Once the flower heads are empty of seeds, they can be converted into a disposable scrubbing pads
- Sunflowers can be used to remove toxic elements from soil
Facts about Daisy
- Daisy is a biennial plant that blooms during the summer
- A daisy symbolizes innocence and purity
- The name Daisy originates from Anglo Saxon word "daes eage" which means "day's eyes"
- Daisy is a herbaceous plant that can grow from 3 inches to 4 feet in height, depending on the species
- Daisies are found everywhere on Earth except Antartica
- Color of the flower actually depends on the species. A daisy is a two-in-one flower meaning to say that the white petals count as one flower and the cluster of tiny disc petals that form the 'eye' is another
- During ancient Rome, the juice extracted from daisies are used for healing of wound
- Daisies are used in medicine, usually in the form of tea, to relieve cough, to improve digestion and also to slow bleeding
- Daisy is a rich source of vitamin C. It can be used as a part of salads, soups and sandwiches. Both flowers and leaves are edible
- Daisies are often resistant to pesticides and insects because of which they can become serious weeds that cannot be eradicated easily
- There is an old English saying that spring has not come until you can set your foot on 12 daisies
Facts about Daffodils
- Daffodil is a type of flowering plant that belongs to the Amaryllis family
- In the west, Daffodils symbolize vanity while in the east, they are a symbol of wealth and good fortune
- Daffodils announce the beginning of the spring and waking of nature. They are one of the rare species of plants that are able to successfully grow through the snow
- A gift of Daffodils is said to ensure happiness
- Daffodils are cultivated for commercial use for making galantamine, a drug for the treatment of Alzheimer's
- The leaves and bulb contain toxin alkaloid called lycorine. This substance keeps predators on a safe distance
- Florists can develop allergic reaction on the skin called "daffodil itch" after preparing floral arrangements made of daffodils
- According to the Chinese legend, if a daffodil bulb is forced to bloom during the New Year, it will bring good luck to your home
- If presented as a gift in a bunch, this cheerful flower will bring good fortune else will pave way towards misfortune