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World's Costliest Flowers: 10 Flowers with Hefty Price Tags
World's Costliest Flowers: 10 Flowers with Hefty Price Tags
We have listed the 10 most expensive flowers in the world which are unique in the way their look and smell.
25 Nov 2021 6:42 AM GMT
Be it a wedding or a funeral, gifting flowers is a ritual that many people follow. Depending on the type and color, flowers can convey many meanings like happiness, love, gratitude etc. So, when you get an invite to an event, most of us just pick a bunch of beautiful flowers from the nearby florist. But, how many of you know that there are 10 most expensive flowers which the commoners like cannot afford to buy, even if please our eyes and senses.
Flowers and expensive? Yes! You read that right! These 10 Flowers come with a heavy price tag due to their rarity and unique qualities. Let us now check out why they deserve to be in the list of the world's costliest flowers!
10 Most Expensive Flowers in the World 2021:
Get ready to meet the 10 most expensive flowering plants and the unique qualities of their flowers:
1. Kadupul Flower – Priceless:
Also called the 'Queen of the Night', the Kadupul flower is the world's most expensive flower in the world. The reason why this flower comes with a 'priceless' tag is the rarity and exquisiteness. Kadupul blooms only in the night between 10pm and 11pm and wilts in the morning. This makes it nearly impossible for pickers to pick and preserve the flower for sales. Apart from its incredibly beautiful petals, Kadupul also has an intoxicating fragrance that fills up the air around it. Kadupul plant belongs to the cactus species which is extremely delicate and has a very short lifespan.
2. Juliet Rose - $5 Million:
Did you ever imagine buying a single rose will cost you $5 Million? We are talking about no ordinary rose! It is Juliet Rose, a creation of David Austin who dedicated 15 years of his life to introduce this beauty to the world. Juliet Rose is also called the '£3 million rose', which is the price David spent on its creation. This world's costliest flower made its debut in 2006 at the Chelsea flower show and took everyone by a surprise with its incredible beauty and scent. The key features of this rose are the voluminous petals inside the cupped shape with a unique soft peach apricot shade.
3. Shenzhen Nongke Orchid - $2 Million Per Plant:
At a price of $2 Million per plant, Shenzhen Nongke Orchid becomes the world's costliest flowering plant. Shenzhen is a man-made plant which was developed by a group of agricultural scientists in China at the Shenzhen Nongke University. Now you know how It gets the name! It took about 8 years of research to develop this beautiful flower which blooms only once every 4-5 years. Shenzhen was sold at auction in 2005 for $2.9 Million, making it more expensive than gold!
4. Gold of Kinabalu Orchid - $6000 Per Stem:
The Gold of Kinabalu is a type of Orchid that comes with a hefty price tag of $6000 per stem. This unique flower is also called the Rothschild Slipper Orchid which grows in the rainforests of Borneo, an island of the Malaysian archipelago. Kinabalu was accidentally discovered in 1987 after it was officially declared extinct due to smuggler activities. The flower has a majestic appearance with horizontal petals with red and green stripes. Although scientists tried to propagate the flower, it remains exclusive to the Kinabalu national park of Malaysia and takes several years to bloom.
5. Saffron Crocus – $1500 per Pound:
Saffron Crocus, scientifically known as Crocus Sativas is one of the costliest flowers in the world. The purple-colored flower with red stigmas that are treasured for their culinary and medicinal values. These stigmas, commonly referred to as Saffron are treated as valuable spices and priced according to the weight. 1 Pound of the stigmas will fetch around $1200-$1500 and each flower only produces 3 stigmas. Also, the flowers grow only in cold climates and the stigmas must be picked in the mid-mornings.
6. Semper Augustus - $5700 per Bulb in the 17th Century:
Of the different types of tulips on earth, Semper Augustus holds a special position of being the world's most expensive flower. Although the flower is almost non-existent in our times, back in the 17th Century it was the most coveted tulip. The white and garnet red stripes resembling flames give an extraordinary appearance to this flower. History suggests that a whopping 10,000 gilders which is approximately $5700 was put into purchasing a single bloom. Today, you can see some broken varieties of this tulip which costs around $10-$15 per stem.
7. Gloriosa Lily – About $10 per Flower:
The Gloriosa Lily has an attractive appearance with its flaming red and yellow petals which resemble fire. No wonder why it is also called the Flaming Lily! A single flower can cost you anywhere between $12 - $15 depending on the quality and freshness. Gloriosa is also great demand for its medicinal qualities and used as a staple ingredient in many pharma products. The flower is native to Asia and South Africa where its population is on a decline due to mass picking from the wild. Do note that Gloriosa flowers are quite toxic and are lethal enough to kill a human being.
8. Hydrangea - $6.5 Per Stem:
Hydrangea is a beautiful flowering plant which is native to the U.S and Asian countries. The plant grows as a small shrub bearing pretty flowers of different colors like blue, pink, lavender, white etc. Of all the different varieties of Hydrangea, the ones in colors of blue, white and violet is considered to be the most expensive flowers. Each bunch is priced at $6.5 and prized for its decorative value. Hydrangeas are quite difficult to grow and harvest as they wilt easily and have less shelf life.
9. Lily of the Valley - $150- $500 Per Bunch:
Lily of the Valley is one of the most expensive flowers in the world with each bunch costing around $150 - $500. As the flowers are too small, you need a good number of them to make a decent-sized bouquet. These flowers are quite popular in weddings for their delicate beauty and dreamy scent. Celebrities like Kate Middleton chose these flowers for their wedding bouquets to match their stature and exclusiveness. Lily of the Valley flowers look like small white bells hanging from the stem, but as extremely poisonous to humans and pets.
10. Lisianthus - $10 - $35 per Bundle:
Lisianthus is a beautiful flower that invites your attention with vibrant hues of blue, violet and lavender. It is a plant native to Mexico, Caribbean and some parts of the United States where the climate is slightly warm. Each plant grows around 15-60 cms tall and bears funnel shaped flowers that measure around 2 inches across. A bundle of 5 to 6 Lisianthus flowers can cost around $10- $35, making it one of the most expensive bouquet flowers in the world. The reason behind this hefty price tag is the special care and maintenance required to grow and harvest these flowers.
Those are some of the most expensive flowers in the world. Although they have a very short lifespan, many people love spending money to enjoy the beauty and specialty of these flowers. So, which of these flowers have you seen so far? Given a chance, would you spend so much to get these beauties home?
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