Flowers are one of the most thoughtful gifts that you can give someone. However, they're not exactly cheap and several things can influence the final price. They are a delicate product and also high-maintenance and perishable. Some types are also imported and have to travel long distances to get to the flower shop in your city or town. They can also be challenging to cultivate and demand lots of care.
The value of a flower also depends on how rare it is. The hardest the flower is to find, the higher the price is going to be. Here are the 10 most expensive flowers in the world.
Although the Hydrangea is one of the most expensive flowers in the world, it's still fairly affordable. A stem costs approximately $7. The flower blooms twice a year during the spring and autumn. Their color changes according to the soil's PH and it can be pink or blue.
The plant is native to the Americas and South Asia but has adapted well in other countries. The plant can reach three meters tall. The Hydrangea flower stands out thanks to its gorgeous color and also because of its shape. This flower is easy to grow and doesn't need special care.
The Gloriosa is native to Tropical Asia and Africa. This flower is scarce and gets a lot of attention for its vibrant color and irregular shape. It represents ambition and success, so it is an excellent gift for someone who is starting college or just got a new job.
Each bulb costs $10. Although it's among the most expensive flowers in the world, this is another affordable item on this list.
The Lisianthus blooms once a year and is a flower that grows in warm regions. It is natural to Greece, but it has adapted well to other hot places like South America, the Caribbean and Mexico. It comes in different variations of purple or white and costs up to $35 per plant. It's also easy to breed at home.
The flower means a lasting bond between two people. It's also an excellent choice if you are looking for the perfect flower to give to someone important. In some cultures, it also means tradition.
7 Lily of the Valley
According to a legend, the flower appeared when the Virgin Mary's tears touched the ground when her son was killed. Lily of the Valley looks harmless. The delicate, tiny flowers and sweet smell can be deceiving. It's actually a highly poisonous flower and even appeared in an episode of Breaking Bad.
The poison is used to protect the seeds from predators. The Lily of the Valley only grows for a couple of weeks during the spring. They are one of the most expensive flowers in the word and cost up to $50 per plant. They are actually highly popular at weddings.
6 Tulip Bulb
It is impossible to think about Holland without imaging kilometers of colorful tulip fields. They are available in almost any supermarket in the country for not very much money at all. However, this wasn't always the case.
Back in the 17th century, the flower was scarce and there was high speculation around the bulbs due to the high demand. The most expensive was the Semper Augustus, that was already sold for 10 thousand guilders, nearly $5.700 today. Back then, the amount was enough to buy a property or live a comfortable life for a few years.
5 Saffron crocus
The Saffron Crocus is a valuable flower not for its beauty, but because it has saffron, one of the most expensive spices in the world. It takes 80,000 flowers for 500 grams of saffron, so it's clear that both are super expensive. This plant can cost up to $1,500 each.
The saffron crocus usually blossoms once a year during the fall. Although it's definitely costly, it's easy to grow the flower at home, and they demand very little care.
4 Rothschild's orchid
Rothschild's Orchid is one of the most expensive and rarest flowers in the world. It was discovered in 1987 and it was nearly extinct. It costs almost $5,000 per plant. However, it is only available on the black market because it's an endangered species and is therefore protected by law.
The rare orchid is from the Kinabalu National Park in Malaysia and has an interesting petal shape. However, you need to be patient because it takes 15 years to blossom and it only grows in particular conditions.
3 Shenzhen Nongke orchid
Shenzhen Nongke is the most valuable orchid in the world and also one of the most expensive flowers you can buy. It was named after a group of researchers who spent almost a decade to develop this green flower.
It's challenging to cultivate and that's why it's hard to find. It takes five years for the plant to show its first flowers, but it's worth it. Back in 2005, an anonymous buyer bought it at auction and paid over $200,000 for the Shenzhen Nongke orchid. It was the most expensive flower bought until that day.
2 Juliet Rose
The Juliet Rose is known as the $3 million rose. That is how much David Austin, a rose breeder, spent to create the perfect flower. It took him 15 years and it's the most expensive flower ever made. On the market, it costs nearly $5 million.
These roses were presented to the public at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2007. People who attended the fair were mesmerized by the perfection of the peachy-apricot flower. They were also impressed by the astronomical price. It is David Austin's most famous work.
1 Kadupul flower
Some things in life are priceless. The Kadupul flower is one of them. It's considered the most exclusive flower in the world and it just grows in some parts of Sri Lanka.
But what makes it so unique? The Kadupul flower only blooms once and during the night. After a few hours, it fades away. The flower is also known for its smell, that is known as the midnight miracle, and have calming qualities. Few people in the world were lucky enough to see the flowers in person. It is possible to buy a bottle of Kadupul perfume. However, you will never be sure if that is really how the flower smells like.