For ages, flowers, a wonderful gift of nature, have been helping us express our emotions and feelings! Their beauty, fragrance and brilliant colors are enough to make a person smile. It is rightly said, “Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into”. Moreover, there are flowers and plants that exhibit hidden medicinal properties that make them more useful to human beings. But did you know there are a number of facts about these beautiful creations? Find out some of them with us!
The world’s oldest flower blossomed about 125 million years ago
Surprised? Yes, scientists in China discovered Archaefructus Sinensis in 2002 that is believed to be a fossil of the oldest flowering plant found so far. The flower resembles a water lily. It was thought to be about 125 million years old.
The largest flower in the world is 15 feet high
Amazed? The world’s largest flowering plant is the Titan Arums which reaches about 15 feet in height and 3 feet in width. It is also the flower that has the strongest aroma- one that is unpleasant and reminiscent of rotting flesh. Because of this, it also got the name Corpse Flower. Interesting, isn’t it?
The Lotus was used for burial rituals in ancient Egypt
Yes, you read that right! Lotus has been appreciated a lot for its beauty and its flawless colors. This flower illustrates the beauty of nature in the best way every time it blooms and floats on water. But did you know? The Lotus was considered sacred by ancient Egyptians and used in burial rights. It was viewed as a symbol of resurrection and eternal life.
Tulip bulbs once were more valuable than gold
Shocked? If you thought that gold was among the most expensive things in the world, here is something that will amaze you. Tulip bulbs had more value than gold in Holland in the 1600s. If only, they still had that value even today! Aren’t flowers the more precious?
Tulip bulbs can be substituted for onions in recipes!
Interesting indeed! If you are short of onions at home and need them in a recipe, no worries! If you have a tulip plant in your garden, your job is done! Because, believe it or not, tulip bulbs can be used as a substitute for onions while cooking and they will make your dish as delicious as onions do!
So now you know flowers are not only the ideal gifts for surprising your loved ones, but they have many more amazing characteristics too! How about a tulip recipe tonight?