This is a guest post by William Jones of triviaquestions.net.
During the spring, plant life is renewed. The beauty of our environment is enhanced by these fragrant, colorful blossoms. But, how much do you really know about spring flowers. For instance, did you know that the iris plant’s name comes from the Greek word meaning rainbow? Are you ready for some more interesting facts and trivia about spring flowers?
What Was Once Considered The Most Popular Flower In The World?
- For a long time, roses were the most popular flowers in the world.
- The oldest rose fossils were found in Colorado. They were dated back to over thirty-five million years old.
- Ancient Egyptians considered roses their most sacred flower.
- In 1986, Congress voted to make the rose, America’s national flower.
- The Rose of Great Britain was the symbol of the Royal Family and later became one of its national flowers.
- The world’s leading exporter of roses is the Netherlands.
- Woman prefers pastel colored roses, while men prefer red.
- Thorns from the rose of Scotland slowed down a sudden Viking attack, giving the Scots a chance to escape. However, the rose of Scotland is actually a weed like plant known as ‘the wild thistle’.
What Was The Original Color Of Chrysanthemums?
- Named after the Greek word ‘chrysous’ meaning golden (the flower’s original color) and ‘anthemon’ flower.
- Chrysanthemum flavored tea is a relaxant.
- The flower symbolizes fidelity, optimism, joy, and long life.
- In the fifteenth century BC, chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China as a flowering herb.
- One of the more popular flowers in the world, next to the rose.
- Brought to Japan by Buddhist Monks in AD 400, the flower is featured on the Imperial Crest of Japan.
What Was Tulipomania?
- Tulips are the third most popular spring flower.
- Out of onions, cook tulip bulbs as a replacement.
- In the seventeenth century, tulips sold for ten times the annual income of a skilled craftsman in Europe. The demand for the flower was so strong; many Europeans sold their fortunes for the bulbs. This historical event is known as Tulipomania.
What Do Blue Hyacinths Symbolize?
- March 7th is World Hyacinth Day.
- Blue hyacinth flowers signify sincerity.
- Because of Greek legend, hyacinths symbolize sport and play in the Victorian language of flowers.
- According to Greek legend, Apollo and Zephyr both loved a beautiful, young man named Hyakinthos. While Apollo was teaching the art of discus throwing to the youth, Zephyr, the god of the west wind, became jealous. He blew the discus back and Hyakinthos, striking the young man in the head and killing him. Sun god, Apollo grew a hyacinth where Hyakinthos’ blood was spilt.
How Much Does The Largest Orchid Weigh?
- Orchids have the largest variety of flowering plants with twenty to thirty thousand naturally occurring species.
- Commercially used vanilla flavoring is derived from a plant that is part of the orchid family. -The grammatophyllum speciosum is the largest orchid. It can weigh up to two thousand pounds with a mature plant producing up to ten thousand flowers.
How Many Tourists Come To Washington, DC Every Year To See The Cherry Blossoms?
- This blossom is part of the rose family.
- Every year, almost six-hundred-thousand tourists come to see the cherry blossoms in Washington.
- The National Cherry Blossom Festival is celebrated in Washington, DC as a reminder of the March 27, 1912, gift of three thousand Japanese cherry trees to the city. The trees were given to strengthen the growing friendship between the United States and Japan, at the time, by the Mayor of Tokyo.
Well, that’s it. How did you do? Hopefully, you learned a few interesting facts about spring flowers. It has been said that plants and flowers have a stress reducing quality. So…., what are you waiting for – take a moment and enjoy the renewal of spring.
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