Whether you’re a flower lover or a gardener, you cannot resist the beauty of a flower within your reach. As the saying by Jacques Deval goes “God loved the flowers and invented soil. The man loved the flowers and invented vases”, flowers are truly a wonderful gift from the creator. Flowers are the common yet one of the sweetest ways to show your affection and feelings to someone. It brings a smile to someone’s face and flowers make the day fragrant and wonderful. Read Top 10 Famous Flowers in the World in detail.
Although flowers live for a short time, they mark a great impact in everyone’s life. Often, these flowers signify a bearing of a fruit and mark the beginning of a new season. Whatever reason you have, a beautiful bouquet can make it all right. Some flowers are used for designs and decorations while others use it for making beauty products and medicines. Remember to know the meaning or significance of a certain flower before giving it to someone. I know you have your favorite flower in your mind and you might see it in the list provided below.
10. Passion Flower
Also known as passion vines, the Passion flower or Passiflora belongs to the family Passifloraceae. With the name itself, these flowers are mostly vines while some are shrubs and herbaceous. The passion flower is the flower of the fruit passionfruit. Due to its unique flower structure, it takes a large bee to effectively pollinate it.
Passion flowers have ten sepals and petals. It is a purple, blue and white flower which is ten centimetres wide. Other species of this flower is enchantingly pollinated by hummingbirds, bumblebees, Carpenter bees, wasps and bats. Others are self-pollinating. Moreover, these flowers are used for its high medicinal value.
9. Cherry Blossom
One of most girls’ dreams, specifically those who have not witnessed the blooming and falling of cherry blossoms, is to walk under the cherry blossoms. A cherry blossom or the Japanese cherry which is also dubbed as “sakura” is believed to be a native to the Himalayas. It grows in temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere like Europe, West Siberia, India, China, Korea, Japan, Canada and the United States. It is the national flower of Japan.
While other cherry blossom trees produce fruit cherries, most of its kind merely serves for ornamental use. These are about other Prunus trees including the almond, peach, plum, and apricot. During the spring season in Japan, cherry blossoms are of great beauty. Japan and the US celebrate the festival once the spring comes. Cherry blossoms mostly come in white and pink.
A native to southern Africa, Gazania is a genus of the flowering plants in the Asteraceae family. These beautiful flowers are often compared to the daisies as they produce large, composite flowers like daisies. They come in vivid shades of yellow and orange and blossoms in summer.
Gazanias are often implanted as the drought-tolerant groundcover. It is also known as “treasure flower”. This flower is available in a diversity of unique patterns that complements its bright and dazzling colors in the shades of pink, dark red, yellow and orange. Its petals are of unique colors and in classified shades.
7. Oriental Poppy
Native to the Caucasus, northeastern Turkey, and northern Iran, the Oriental poppy or Papaver orientale is a perennial flowering plant. In spring, these flowers pitch up a dune of superbly cut, hairy foliage. However, just after flowering, the foliage dies away completely. This is the reason why these flowers grow in the summer drought of Central Asia.
During the autumn rain, fresh leaves of this plant sprouts. As the name suggests, the Oriental poppy does not initially come from the Orient. The flower is usually multicoloured, but it also appears in white, pink and red.
Tulips are spring-blooming perennial that grows from bulbs. The tulip’s leaf is strap-shaped with a waxy-coating, and the leaves are alternately arranged on the stem. Most tulips produce only one flower per stem, but a few species bear multiple flowers on their scapes. This flower is indigenous to mountainous areas with temperate climates and needs a period of cool dormancy, known as vernalization.
Also, the tulips were seen as a symbol of abundance and indulgence during the Ottoman Empire or the Tulip era. This flower originally came from Southern Europe, Africa and Asia. Today, most of its species are implanted in pots and some are freshly cut flowers. It is one of the most cultivated flowers that produce beautiful bearings and shapes.
5. Lily of the Valley
With its scientific name of Convallaria majalis, Lily of the Valley is a fragrant but pestilential forest flowering plant. It is a native to the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia and Europe. It is believed to be the lone species in the genus Convallaria, but it remains unconfirmed.
According to numerous legends, the lily of the valley symbolizes the tears of Mary. It is her tears which she shed at the cross that turned out to be the lilies of the valley. With this, the flower is often called ‘Our Lady’s Tears’. Moreover, another legend says it is the blood of St. George springing out during his battle with the dragon.
4. Sacred Lotus
Also known as Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India or simply lotus, water lotus carries its scientific name of Nelumbo nucifera. It is one of the two species of the water plant in the Nelumbonaceae family. This flower is usually cultured in water gardens and is a native to the tropical Asia and Queensland, Australia. The lotus is the national flower of India and Vietnam.
Often, this variety is often confused to the water lilies or the Nymphaea caerulea from the family if Nymphaea and often called the ‘blue lotus’. But sources say they are evolutionarily incorrect because both of them are not related. They are members of different families.
The name of the flower rose was derived from Latin word Rosa. Rose plants range in size from compact, miniature roses, to climbers that can reach seven meters in height. They form a group of plants that can be erect shrubs, climbing or trailing with stems that are often with sharp prickles. There are over 100 types of this plant and thousands of cultivars. Most of its species have five petals with the exception of Rosa series, which usually has four.
Each petal of it are divided into two distinct lobes and are usually white or pink. The aggregate fruit of a rose is a berry-like structure called a rose hip. Most of the domestic cultivars do not produce hips, as the flowers are so tightly petalled that they do not provide access for pollination. The hips are eaten by fruit-eating birds such as thrushes and waxwings, which then disperse the seeds in their droppings. The prickles along a rose stem are outgrowths of the epidermis. The prickles are typically sickle-shaped hooks. A few species of roses have only vestigial prickles that have no points. Despite the prickles, rose is frequently browsed by deer.
A diverse and widespread flowering plant from the orchid family, the Orchidaceae are beautiful flowers that bloom colourfully and fragrantly. Aside from the Asteraceae, the orchids are one of the two largest families of flowering plants. It has a notably great number of genera and species.
With over 25,000 species and about 800 genera, this flower is among the most favorite flowers of all time. They are often seen in the gardens, rainforests and everywhere they can grow into due to its easy adaptability. The flower’s stunningly hewed petals and vibrant colors make it beautiful to see. Some orchids have 30 inches petals and weigh tonnes.
1. Stargazer Lily
On the top list, the stargazer lily or the Lilium ‘Stargazer’ is a hybrid lily of the Oriental group. These Oriental lilies are often used as fragrant perfumes, and it usually blooms in mid-to-late summer. This flower can easily grow especially under full sunlight. For a better result, the fast-growing stargazers must be cultivated in well-drained loamy or sandy soil.
These species are often mistakenly called “Rubrum” lilies. In fact, the Rubrums served as the profitable prototype Lily to the stargazers whose flowers pierces down to the ground. In distinction, the Rubrum lilies usually have non-vibrant, nonliving appearance due to its downward-facing flower. However, this flower is often connected to some health issues and regarded as a delicate flower by some.