Flowers are also known as the bloom or blossom of a plant. They are the reproductive structure in a flowering plant.
A flower is usually the most colourful part of all the plants. There are many types of flowers in different regions of the world. Flowers can grow even in colder places like the Arctic during a few months.
Here we’re going to look at 10 wonderful facts about flowers.
1. The Tulip Craze
Tulip bulbs were more valuable than gold in the 17th century of Holland. In between 1634–1637, a kind of frenzy for tulips occurred in Western Europe, now known as “Tulip Mania”. Tulip bulbs had become so expensive that they were considered as a currency.
2. Burning Bush
The gas plant also called burning bush, produces an essential oil through flowers and leaves that can easily catch fire in a warm environment.
3. Magic Flower
Angelica was used in Europe for hundreds of years as a treatment for everything from bubonic plague to indigestion. It is believed that adding it to a ritual bath will break spells and hexes and has often been used to ward off evil spirits in the house.
4. Mysterious Bamboo
Bamboo flowers are rarely seen. Many species of bamboo develop flowers in a long period of about 65 or 120 years. In fact, all plants of a bamboo species develop flowers at the same time, regardless of whether they have been planted in a different location.
5. Flower Of The Gods
Lotus was considered a sacred flower by the people of ancient Egypt and often used in burial rituals. This flower blooms in rivers and swamps, but may lie dormant for years during times of drought, only to bloom again with the return of water.
6. Flowers For Your Pregnancy
Blue cohosh, also called squaw root or papoose root was used by Native Americans to treat female problems such as childbirth and easing the pain of labour. Today, midwives may use blue cohosh to tone the uterus in the preparation of labour during the last month of pregnancy.
7. Rotating Flower
Sunflower heads track the sun from east to west throughout the day, and this behaviour called heliotropism. But once the sunflowers bloom, they stop following the sun and constantly face towards the east.
The name sunflower has been derived from the shape of “flower head”‚ which resembles the sun. The flower head is actually made of numerous small flowers called florets.
8. One Hit Wonder
The agave plant is commonly known as the “Century Plant”. This plant takes a long time to mature, after which it flowers only once and then dies. Agave plants usually live for about 10 to 25 years before flowering.
9. The Largest Flower
Rafflesia arnoldii has the largest individual flower of any flowering plant. The flower can reach a diameter of about one meter (3 feet) and weighing around 11 kg (24 pounds).
10. The Smallest Flower
The smallest known flowering plant on the Earth is the “Wolffia”. This aquatic plant is sometimes called watermeal or duckweed as it looks like specks of cornmeal floating on the water.