Flowers are a lovely addition to your house and garden. Flowers are both lovely and captivating. We have discovered some really interesting flower facts for kids.
Some were so fantastic that we simply had to pass them along to you. Here is a selection of our favorite strange and fascinating facts about flowers!
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1. The reproductive structure of blooming plants is the flower. When insects or birds visit a flower for nectar, they pollinate it by transferring pollen from one flower’s stamen (the male part of the flower) to another flower’s pistil (the female part of the flower).
2. The world’s largest flower can reach 10 feet in height, three feet in width, and weigh up to 24 pounds!
It is known as the Titan Arum and has a strong odor of rotting flesh, hence its other name “corpse flower.” It is commonly called Rafflesia.
3. The world’s tiniest flower is the Wolffia globosa, sometimes known as Watermeal.
This little green plant is about the size of a rice grain, and the blossom is positioned in a tiny hole on the plant’s surface.
4. Almost 60 percent of all cut flowers in the United States are grown in California.
5. Sunflowers’ heads move during the day to follow the path of the sun from east to west.
6. Moonflowers are so named because they only bloom at night and remain closed during the day.
7. There are more than 400,000 flowering plants in the globe, but many of them have yet to be discovered, so this number is likely to be greater.
8. Bamboo is a flowering plant, although it flowers just once every few years.
9. A Shenzhen Nongke Orchid is the costliest flower ever sold. It took eight years to cultivate and only blooms once every four to five years, and it sold at auction for $200,000!
10. Beautiful as they are, lilies are extremely toxic to cats.
11. The pleasant aroma of roses is produced by tiny perfume glands on their petals.
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12. There is a type of flower called Chocolate Cosmos that smells exactly like chocolate!
13. The color of hydrangeas is determined by the soil in which they grow, like their acidity level.
If the soil is less acidic, the flower will be pink; if the soil is more acidic, the flower will be blue.
14. The agave is a monocarpic plant, which means it can remain dormant for years and blooms only once before dying.
15. By using seeds buried by an Ice Age squirrel, scientists were able to resuscitate a 32,000-year-old Arctic blossom in Siberia.
16. Vanilla flowers are extremely delicate; they only open for a few hours and must be hand-pollinated to yield vanilla beans.
17. The largest flower auction in the world is held in Aalsmer, Netherlands. There are over 20 million flowers auctioned daily.
18. Some flowers only release pollen after they detect the presence of a bee.
19. The ghost flower is so named because it lacks chlorophyll, the substance that gives plants its green color. As the name suggests, it is ghostly white.
20. Add a touch of sugar or citrus soda to the water in the vase to preserve the freshness of the cut flowers.
21. Some bats serve as pollinators, as one species in Mexico feeds solely on cactus flower’s nectar.
22. White flowers have a greater aroma than their colored counterparts.
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23. There are around 4,000 species of orchids in the world, but Colombia is home to 1,500 of them.
It is not surprising that the orchid is the national flower of Colombia!
24. Numerous plant species are regarded to be threatened with extinction, with an estimated 25 percent of floral species in danger.
25. National Geographic estimates that approximately 571 flower species have become extinct since the 1750s.
26. Sunflower seeds contain a chemical that inhibits other plant growth in their vicinity.
27. Orchids grow without soil because they receive all the nutrients they require from the air.
28. Flowering carnivorous plants, such as the Venus fly trap, consume insects and small animals.
29. The Bird of Paradise is a flowering plant that resembles a tropical bird.
30. There are gas plants that produce clear gas on warm, humid evenings.
It is stated that a match or a lighter will ignite the gas.
31. Tulips can continue to grow up to an inch every day after being clipped.
32. When wet, the petals of the skeleton flower become transparent, and when they dry, they return to their white state.
33. Maine’s state flower is the pinecone.
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34. It is commonly believed that dandelions depict three heavenly objects: the yellow blossom represents the sun, the pollen ball represents the moon and the pollen that flies away represents the stars.
35. If you don’t have any onions, you can substitute them with tulip bulbs!
However, you should ensure that the bulb is uncontaminated by pesticides and is fresh.
36. Thistle is the national flower of Scotland because it was the thistle bushes that slowed down the Vikings and gave the Scots the opportunity to flee when they invaded the area hundreds of years ago.
37. The Juliet rose, which costs $15,800 per stem, is the costliest flower (in general).
38. The symbolism of flowers extends back to antiquity. In ancient Greece, for instance, roses were connected to Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
39. In 2002, scientists discovered the oldest bloom in northeast China.
The flower, named Archaefructus sinensis, resembled a water lily and blossomed approximately 125 million years ago.
40. Historically, bluebell flower juice was used to manufacture glue.
41. Foxglove is an old English name derived from the concept that foxes hid their feet in the plant’s leaves to ambush their prey.
42. The flowers and leaves of dandelions are an excellent source of vitamins A, vitamin C, iron, potassium, and calcium.
A cup of dandelion greens contains 7,000-13,000 international units of vitamin A.
43. Marsh marigold flower buds are pickled as a substitute for capers.