Flower power ! here are some real interesting facts about fresh flower .
(Achillea Millefolium, Common Yarrow) Believed to prevent baldness if used as a shampoo. Powerful herb. Beleived to cure headaches, kidney infections, stop bleeding and help lessen the severity of the common cold. If grown outside in a garden, will attract bees, butterflies and/or birds.
(Agapanthus Campanulatus, Lily of the Nile, African Blue Lily, African Lily) Takes 4 to 6 days to fully bloom. Can be grown in pots or gardens.
(Alstroemeria Aurantiaca, Peruvian Lily, Lily of the Incas, Parrot Lily) Considered to be one of the most beautiful cut flowers, alstroemeria is ethylene sensitive-keep away from contact with fruits, carbon monoxide and all external sources of ethylene, good for gardening (perennial) .
(Amaryllis belladonna, Belladonna Lily) Can cause sickness in household pets if ingested. Symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, and salavation. Fragrant. Bees, butterflies and/or birds are attracted to this flower.
(Amaranthus Albus, Pigweed, Love Lies Bleeding, Tassel Flower) Seeds are over 10,000 years old and predates corn. Seeds can be found in natural food stores. Seeds can be fried and mixed with honey or molasses to make the Mexican treat alegria, its protein is suitable for the human diet. Attracts wild birds if grown outside.
(Anemone Sylvestis, Windflower) Goddess Flora was so jealous of her husbands attention towards the nymph, Anemone, she turned her into the windflower. Used for menstrual pain, emotional distress and cramping.
(Anigozanthos Flavidus, Kangaroo Paw) If grown outside, needs protections from snails.
(Anthurium Amnicola, Tulip Anthurium, Hawaiian Tulip, Tail Flower) All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested.
(Asparagus Plumosus, Tiki, Ming Fern, Tree Fern) Used as filler in flower arrangements. Can be used to treat intestinal worms and syphilis.
(Aster Ericoides, September Flower, Monte Casino, Rainbow Aster) Over 600 species. Attracts bees, butterflies, and/or birds.
(Astrantia Major, Masterwort, Hattie's pincushion) Dates back to 1534. Good for growing in the garden.
(Gypsophila Paniculata, Gysophila) Most commonly used as filler in floral arrangements.
(Ventaurea Cyanus, Cornflower) Attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds. An old wives tale suggests that a single man would pick a bachelor's button early in the morning while the ground was still covered in dew and place it in his pocket for 24 hours. It was said that if the flower kept its true blue color that the man would have a happy marriage. The flower rarely kept its color so many men stayed single.
(Dracaena Sanderiana, Lucky Bamboo) Commonly used as an indoor plants, twisted shapes available.
Bells of Ireland
(Moluccella Laevis, Shellflower) Used often on St. Patrick's Day, however the only association with Ireland is its name.
(Bouvardia Ternifolia, Hummingbird Flower, Hummingbird Trumpet) The flower is very attracted to hummingbirds. Very fragrant flowers.
(Bupleurum Griffilhii, Thoroughwax) Used as an herd to reduce inflammation of the liver and protects the liver from toxins.
(Zantedeschia Aethiopica, Arum Lily, Calla, Trumpet Lily) Sap will stain clothing however, stain will only appear after clothes have been washed. Poisonous if ingested. Although called a calla lily, they are not related to the true lily or the lily family.
(Camellia assumillis, Common Camellia, Japanese Camellia) Mainly used in gardens. Highly valued in Japan.
(Dianthus Caryophyllus, Carn, Chinese Pink) Carnations symbolize many things. Pink carnations are said to have first appeared on Earth when a tear fell from the Virgin Mary's eye when Jesus Christ was carrying the cross. According to Christian legend, the flower was said to have sprung up from the Earth when her tear hit the ground, therefore the pink carnation represents a Mother's undying love.
(Cosmos bipinnatus, Mexican Aster, Chocolate Cosmo) Hummingbirds are very attracted to this flower. Very fragrant. Chocolate cosmos even smell like chocolate. Are suitable for drying.
(Narcissus, Jonquil, Narcissus) National flower of Wales. Flowers are fragrant. Some species have frilly petals. Many poets such as Oscar Wilde and William Wordsworth have written about this flower. It is said that Prince Charles receives one Daffodil annually as payment for the unused land in Sicily.
(Dahlia, unknown) National flower of Mexico.
(Delphinium elatuem, Candle Delphinium, Larkspur) Extracts of the plant has been used in herbal medicine. Often used as filler in arrangements. The juices of the flower will create a blue ink when mixed with alum.
(Dianthus barbatus, Sweet William, Mini-Carnations) Closely related to the carnation. An excellent filler flower.
(Lavandula angustifolia, Lavender) Extremely fragrant. Butterflies are attracted to this plant. Lavender has many uses. Can be made into potpourri, oils, stored in clothing drawers to keep a fresh scent and to ward off moths. Used as an antiseptic and in aromatherapy. Used as an herb and blossoms can be candied to be used as cake decorations.
(Equisetum hyemale, Horsetail) There are 15 different species, all with there own characteristic. Often used in modern floral designs.
(Eucalyptus, Silver dollar eucalyptus, Seeded eucalyptus) Eucalyptus is used in oil and can help with respiratory problems. Extremely fragrant. Native to Australia.
(Freesia, Freesia) Very fragrant. Used as filler in floral arrangements. Over 110 million stems sold in the UK annually.
(Gardenia angusta, Cape Jasmine) Originally cultivated in China and Japan. Available as a potted plant. A favorite flower for weddings.
(Gerbera jamesonii, Gerbera Daisy, Gerb, African Daisy) These lively, festive flowers originated in Africa and are now cultivated in a dazzling array of cheerful colors. The fifth most popular cut flower in the world. The only color not available is blue.
(Alpinia zerumbet, Shell Ginger) Used in modern floral designs. Many different varieties of ginger each with there own characteristics.
(Gladiolus communis ssp. byzanthinus, Sword lily, Glads) Pliny the Elder, a Roman scientist of the first century A.D. named these stately flowers. Struck by the resemblance between the sheath of the flower and the weapon that was carried by Roman soldiers, he called the flower “gladiolus” from the Latin word “gladius” which means sword. Parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested. Very fragrant. May cause allergic reactions. Mostly used in sympathy bouquets.
(Clarkia rubicunda, Farewell-to-Spring, Satin Flower) Foliage will die before flower.
(Solidago canadensis, Solidago) An excellent filler flower. Often considered to be a weed and is often blamed for hay fever however, there pollen is so heavy that it is unable to be blown far from the flower. Using goldenrod, Thomas Edison was able to produce rubber. It was said to be resilient and long lasting. The Model T that was given to him as a gift from Henry Ford had tires made out of goldenrod.
(Craspedia globosa, Billy's button, Billy's balls) Flower dries very well and is often used for permanent arrangements.
(Erica cinerea, Calluna, Scotch Heather) Flowers are extremely fragrant. Works well as a filler flower in arrangements.
(Heliconia criswick, Lobster Claw) A very important food source for forest hummingbirds. Related to the banana.
(Hyacinthus orientalis, Dutch Hyacinths) These flowers are very fragrant and were once sought after because of their scent. In the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries having this flower was a symbol of wealth and style. Said to have been first cultivated in Austria in the 1500's.
(Hydrangea macrophylla, Hortensia) Very popular for wedding arrangements. Are suitable for drying.
(Iris reticulata, Dutch Iris) The Iris is the National Emblem of France.
(Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, Calandiva, Flaming Katy) Very popular gift for Valentine's Day.
(Leptospermum, Tea tree, Lepto) The name tea tree refers to when early Australian settlers would soak the leaves of this flower to make a herbal tea that was rich in Vitamin C.
(Syringa vulgaris, Common Lilac, French Lilac, Syringa) Flowers are extremely fragrant and attract bees, butterflies and birds. Used as an accent in florist arrangements or alone. Fur traders in the late 17th Century are said to have planted Lilac bushes on Macanac Island which remain there today.
(Liatris spicata, Blazing Star, Gay feather) Popularly used in contemporary floral designs. Dries very well. A sealant should be used to prevent shattering.
(Liluim, Asiatic Lily) These striking trumpet-shaped flowers are one of the oldest known to man and are thought to have originated in the Orient. Throughout the ages, they have been popular motif in both secular and religious art. The lily represents pure and virginal love in the Christian faith. Other popular types of lilies are the Oriental lily, Tiger Lily and Easter Lily each of which have their own special characteristics.
Lily of the Valley
(Convallaria majalis, May Bells , Our Lady's Tears) Is said to have been the favorite flower of Queen Victoria. All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested. Very popular for weddings and corsage designs.
(Limonium leptostachyum, Misty, Seafoam Statice) Often used as filler in floral design. Papery flowers are very good for drying.
(Eustoma grandiflorum, Love Rose, Texas bluebell) Is rapidly becoming more popular in the cut flower industry.
(Callistephus, China aster, Florist aster) Highly susceptible to bacteria. Keep water fresh.
(Narcissus poeticus actaea, Narcissi) Flowers are extremely fragrant. Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested. All daffodils are narcissi but not all narcissi are daffodils. Galanthine, a substance in the flowers is currently being used in medicine to treat Alzheimers.
(Nerine bowdenii, Jersey Lily, Guernsey Lily and Spider Lily) Very popular for corsages and wedding bouquets. Known as the Jersey lily after the British actress Lily Langtry. Langtry bore the nickname Jersey Lily as she was from the Isle of Jersey, UK.
(Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid) The orchid is the largest family in the plant kingdom with nearly 25,000 known varieties. The world's largest orchid can grow up to 20 m long.
(Ornithogalum narbonense, Star of Bethlehem) All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested. Leonardo Da Vinci has paintings of the Star of Bethlehem (1505-1507) .
(Paeonia lactiflora, None) Flowers are extremely fragrant. Popular as a filler flower in mixed bouquets or alone. Is a symbol for luxury and indulgence. Is a traditional floral symbol of China. Are grown as ornamental plants.
(Phlox paniculate, Blue Paradise, Summer Phlox) Flowers are extremely fragrant and will attract bees, butterflies, and/or birds. Makes a beautiful perennial for the garden.
(pittosporum tobira, Japanese Mock Orange, Japanese Pittosporum) Flower are extremely fragrant. Popularly used in the garden, however is becoming increasingly sought after for wedding arrangements. Used as a filler.
(Platycodon grandiflorus, Balloon Flower, sentimental blue) Mostly grown in gardens, however are suitable for cutting. Works well as a potted plant.
(Papaveraceae, Depends on species) Used as a symbol for Remembrance Day (November 11) . The poppy was chosen because the flower bloomed in the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I. The red color symbolizes the bloodshed of trench warfare. Popularly used in Christmas wreaths. Suitable for drying
(Leucospermum cordifolium, unknown) Often used in floral arrangements as filler and to create an exotic look. Is native to South America and grows wild there.
(Protea cyaroides, King Sugar Bush) Leaves are used to produce tea. There are over 120 protea species listed on the endangered species list. Used as a focal point in floral arrangements to promote an exotic look.
Queen Anne's Lace
(Ammi majus, Bishop's weed, Wild carrot) Not to be confused with the other Queen Anne's Lace which grows as a weed. Creates a sap that will cause skin rash and irritation. A favorite with florists as a filler flower in arrangements.
(Ranunculus asiatucus, Persian buttercup) Ranunculus has a hollow stem and may need for a wire to be inserted to prevent them from curving. Myths suggest that it was an Asian prince's name for whom the flower was named for. The prince was so handsome that he was loved by all. He sang beautiful songs in the open country and for the nymphs. He did not have the courage to profess his love for the nymphs and it haunted him so much that he died. After he died, he was turned into the beautiful flower.
(Salvia splendens, Sage) Adds height to a floral arrangement. Attracts bees, butterflies and or birds. Are mainly grown in gardens.
(Sandersonia aurantiaca, Chinese Lantern Lily, Christmas bells) The flowers are currently being hybridized in New Zealand in hopes of a pink and white form of the plant. Becoming increasing popular in cut arrangements.
(Antirrhunum majus, Antirrhunum, Garden Snapdragon) These old-fashioned favorites with the whimsical name are native to the Mediterranean. Their Latin name is Antirrhinum, meaning like a snout. Other common names for these flowers are calves’ snouts, lion’s lips, toad’s mouth and rabbit’s mouth. Leaves of the plant are used in cataplasms for tumors and ulcers. In the 16th and 17th centuries the flower was used as a preservative against witch craft. Mildly fragrant. Used to create height in floral arrangements.
(Solidaster leteus, none) A popular filler in floral arrangements. Pollen may cause allergic reactions.
(Stephanotis floribunda, Bridal wreath) Flowers will fade to yellow after several days. Is considered to be one of the most popular wedding flowers. Extremely fragrant. Is a controllable vine that can be grown indoors for decorative uses such as on a trellis.
(Matthiola, Matthiola) Used to create lines and mass in floral arrangements. Very fragrant. Named for the botanist Pierandrea Mattioli (1500-1577) .
(Lathyrus odoratus, Lathyrus) Used as an annual in gardens. Seeds from the sweet pea are not edible. Flowers have a sweet fragrance, therefore called sweet pea. Breeders are trying to develop a scented yellow sweet pea flower. Popularly used for wedding bouquets and corsages by florists.
(Helichrysum bracteatum, Everlasting flower, paper daisy) Very popular as a dried flower. An annual for your garden. Attracts bees, birds and/or butterflies.
(Scabiosa caucasica, Pincushion flower) Scabiosa's leaves are the supposed cure for the disease Scabies. Often planted in gardens, however they are becoming increasingly popular in floral arrangements. Flowers are fragrant and attract a variety of insects.
(Helianthus annuus, none) Sunflowers are helitropic meaning they are known for the behavior of turning themselves towards the sun. On sunny days the sunflower in the bud stage will track the sun from east to west, returning to the east at nightfall or at dawn, where the sun rises each morning. The sunflower is able to do so because of a flexible segment of the stem just below the bud. This segment will stiffen at the end of the bud stage and the flower will freeze in the direction of the East.
(Trachelium coeruleum, Throatwort, Blue throatwort) An excellent filler flower in floral arrangements.
(Polianthes Tuberosa, none) Flowers are extremely fragrant and parts are used to create perfumes. Popularly used in wedding designs. In France, young girls were warned not to smell the tuberose after dark for fear that it would put them in a romantic mood. Is said to simulate your creative right side of the brain.
(Tulipa pulchella, none) The tulip, a symbol of life, love and immortality, actually dates back to the time of Confucius. By the late 1600’s in Holland, bulb prices often exceeded the price of precious metals. A single bulb is said to have sold for more than $2,000. The National Emblem of Holland. Tulip festivals are held in the Netherlands and in North America every May. Tulips will be damaged if placed in the same arrangement with daffodils and narcissus. Tulips are phototropic and with turn towards the light. Tulips can grow up to and inch a day after being cut.
(Veronica spicata, Speedwell) Mainly grown in gardens as perennials. The tips of this flower tend of curve. Used as a filler and to add height to a floral arrangement.
African Corn Lily
(Ixia , Ixia, Corn lily) Often used as a filler in large floral arrangements.
(Chamelaucium uncinatum, Geraldaton Wax, Wax) Extremely fragrant. Has a strong citrus lemon scent when crushed.
(Zinnia elegans, none) Used in floral arrangement to add masses of bright color. Attracts butterflies.
Birds of Paradise
(Strelitiza reginae, Crane Flower, Strelitiza) This is a low maintenance plant that can be grown in gardens. All parts of plants are poisonous if ingested. When birds drink the nectar, petals open to cover their feet in pollen.
(Dendranthema X Grandiflorum, Daisy, mums, pompons, spider daisy, football mum) There is a festival of happiness in Japan to celebrate this flower. In Europe, Chrysanthemum is a symbol of death and are used only for funerals or on graves. Flowers are used to make a sweet drink known as chrysanthemum tea. In Asia the tea is used for many medical uses such as and aid in recovery from influenza.
(Dendranthema X Grandiflorum, Chrysanthemum, mum) There is a festival of happiness in Japan to celebrate this flower. In Europe, Chrysanthemum is a symbol of death and are used only for funerals or on graves. Flowers are used to make a sweet drink known as chrysanthemum tea. In Asia the tea is used for many medical uses such as and aid in recovery from influenza.
(Saintpaulia, African Violet) One of the most popular flowering houseplants.
(Rosa, Sweetheart Rose, Hybrid Tea Rose) Many rose varieties produce a sweet fragrance. Rose perfumes are made by steam distilling crushed rose petals which produces essential oils. Very popularly used in Persia, Bulgaria, Iran and Germany. The rose is the National flower of England, the provincial flower of Alberta and the State flower of Iowa, North Dakota, Georgia and New York. Portland, Oregon holds an annual Rose Festival. The rose is often used as a symbol for the Virgin Mary. The most popular and well known cut flower. Used in floral arrangements, wedding and corsage work by florists. Red roses are the most sought after flower for a Valentine's Day gift. Monk's cultivated rose bushes after the crusades for medicinal uses. Rose water was successful in curing ailments such as trembling, constipation, drunkenness, insomnia and skin and throat infections. There is no such rose with a true blue or a true black color. Black roses are generally a deep, deep red where as blue roses are typically purple.
(Rosa, Miniatures) Many rose varieties produce a sweet fragrance. Rose perfumes are made by steam distilling crushed rose petals which produces essential oils. Very popularly used in Persia, Bulgaria, Iran and Germany. The rose is the National flower of England, the provincial flower of Alberta and the State flower of Iowa, North Dakota, Georgia and New York. Portland, Oregon holds an annual Rose Festival. The rose is often used as a symbol for the Virgin Mary. The most popular and well known cut flower. Used in floral arrangements, wedding and corsage work by florists. Red roses are the most sought after flower for a Valentine's Day gift. Monk's cultivated rose bushes after the crusades for medicinal uses. Rose water was successful in curing ailments such as trembling, constipation, drunkenness, insomnia and skin and throat infections. There is no such rose with a true blue or a true black color. Black roses are generally a deep, deep red where as blue roses are typically purple.
(Limonium sinuatum, English statice, German statice, seafoam statice) A popular filler and very useful in dried floral arrangments.