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37 Fascinating Facts About Flowers

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Monday August 29th 2016

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I love learning new facts about my favorite blooms. The other day, I learned that roses have perfume glands on their petals. I always wondered what made the lovely pink roses in my garden smell so sweet! This week, I dug up some more fun facts about flowers that I know you'll enjoy.

37 Fascinating Facts About Flowers

  1. Sunflowers can take poisons such as arsenic and uranium out of the soil.
  2. Daffodils are used to create galantamine, which is a medicine that treats Alzheimer's disease.
  3. Rose hips contain lots of vitamin C.
  4. Ingesting day lilies can cause cats to experience kidney failure or even die.
  5. Dahlias are especially prone to catching viruses and bacterial infections.
  6. Dandelions are full of calcium, iron, and potassium as well as vitamins A and C.
  7. Tulips only live for about seven days.
  8. Some people pop lotus seeds and eat them like popcorn.
  9. Rafflesia is sometimes called a corpse flower because of its powerful odor. Also, it is the largest flower on record.
  10. One daffodil is the rent paid per year to Prince Charles by the wildlife trust on the Isles of Scilly.
  11. More than 35,000 species of rose grow worldwide.
  12. Tulip petals are edible and are found in some simple recipes.
  13. Crocus flowers produce the spice saffron.
  14. The name "foxglove" originates from an ancient tale. According to the story, foxes put these flowers over their paws to soften their footsteps when stalking their prey.
  15. The gladiolus earned its name (derived from the Latin for "small sword") because of its similarity to the sword of a Roman soldier.
  16. Dried-out sunflower stalks are buoyant and were once used to make life jackets.
  17. A single rose branch found floating in the Sargasso Sea gave Christopher Columbus and his crew the encouragement they needed to push toward land and the New World.
  18. The oldest living roses in the world are growing on a wall of Germany's Hildesheim Cathedral.
  19. Bulbs of tulips can be a replacement for onions in a recipe.
  20. Shasta daisies were created by combining Japanese daisies and ox-eye daisies.
  21. Bluebell flowers make a juice used to create glue.
  22. Some ancient civilizations burned aster leaves to ward off bad luck.
  23. Angelica is sometimes used to cure indigestion.
  24. Moon flowers open as the night approaches and close when the sun comes up.
  25. The reproductive parts of orchids take on the color and shape of the insects that the flower wants to attract. Insects approach the flower thinking they're seeing a mate, and pollination occurs.
  26. Lilies contain oil that is sometimes used to soothe dry, cracked skin.
  27. The vanilla flavoring we buy in the grocery store comes from the Vanilla planifolia orchid.
  28. The small hairs on a bud of lavender are filled with the flower's oil.
  29. Orange blossoms are used in many recipes and taste best when eaten just hours after they are picked.
  30. The name "pansy" comes from the French word "pensée," meaning "remembrance." Back in the 19th century, this bloom was a common ingredient in so-called love potions.
  31. Black-eyed Susans play host to the Silvery Checkerspot caterpillar.
  32. Colombia is the world's biggest producer of carnations.
  33. Ancient civilizations considered the iris to be a symbol of power.
  34. Violets grow in a variety of climates throughout the world, making them adaptable to practically any environment.
  35. One old superstition claims that sniffing a tiger lily gives you freckles.
  36. The oil in geraniums can be used to make deodorant.
  37. Out of all of the many pansy colors, yellow and blue pansies have the most powerful scent.
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