Flowers are one of the most beautiful natural creations on earth. Since the beginning of time, they have been held with great significance from happy occasions such as weddings and graduations to consoling people though funerals. It can be considered as one of the most used gifts for someone to express their feelings.
Giving a bouquet of roses is one of the most commonly used gesture in conveying love and affection. A crown of lily is associated with funeral services as it represents the purity and the innocence of the soul. Other flowers are even linked with religions. Lotus, for example, is considered by the Hindu religion as a symbol of beauty, fertility, and youth.
With the variety of uses for flowers, there will be people who are willing to shell out a large amount of cash as they view these beauties’ value and not the hefty price tag on them. The following are some of the most expensive flowers in the world.
Semper Augustus Tulip
During the 17th century, tulip bulbs infected by the tulip breaking virus created patterns that were highly admired and valued by the rich classes of the Netherlands. This gave this variety of tulip an intense petal colour that no other plant had at that time. It also started a phenomenon that gave this flower a status symbol. It became a coveted luxury item for the rich class. At the height of the tulip craze, a single stalk of tulip bulb can be sold for 10,000 guilders (about £4,000) or equivalent to 10 years’ worth of income of a craft worker.
The saffron flower (Crocus sativus) is more commonly propagated not as a flowering plant but as a spice. The yellow filament of the flower is being extracted to produce a very expensive spice, saffron. Eighty thousand flowers are needed just to produce 500 grams of this spice, making the flower costs from $1200 to $1600 per pound.
An orchid, with its delicate and beautiful features, can be grown in almost every part of the world. But the Rothschild’s Orchid (Paphiopedilum rothschildianum) fetches $6000 per flower due to its rarity. More commonly called as Gold of Kinabalu Orchid, this variety can only be seen in Kinabalu National Park in Malaysia and it takes up to a decade and a half for it to bloom.
Shenzhen Nongke Orchid
This type of orchid was developed by Chinese agricultural scientists. What makes this flower unique is that it is completely man-made. This orchid is also named after the group laboratory where it was synthesised and created.
The development of the flower took 8 years and it usually blooms every 4 or 5 years. It became the most expensive flower ever sold when it fetched a price of more than $200,000 at an auction in 2005.
A rose breeder named David Austin introduced this flower at the Chelsea Flower Show in Chelsea, London. It took 15 years to create and £3 million (about $4.3 million) to produce, making it the most expensive rose developed.
The top spot on this list of the most expensive flowers is the Kadupul Flower found in Sri Lanka. This is the flower that one cannot put a price into because of how rare and fragile it is. It only blooms once a year at night and withers away before dawn.