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Five Fascinating Flower Facts

Five Fascinating Flower Facts

After a long, brutal winter, spring is finally here, which means gardens are starting to burst into bloom. In honor of this season of bright blossoms, here are five fun flower facts:

– One of the world’s largest flowers is the Titan Arum (it’s also the worst smelling flower). It has been affectionately referred to as the Corpse Flower. The flower with the world’s largest bloom is the Rafflesia arnoldii.

– The smallest flower in the world is the Wolffia globosa or water-meal.

– Ancient civilizations used to burn aster leaves to ward off evil spirits.

– Tulip bulbs can be substituted for onions in a recipe.

– It is estimated that there are approximately 250,000 species of flowering plants on Earth, but only around 85% have been catalogued so far.

3 comments

1 Jaime McLeod { 04.16.14 at 9:27 am }
2 Margaret J. Jaeger { 04.11.14 at 10:01 pm }

I too,would like to see an article about edible flowers… and also articles about beneficial companion planting..

3 Tashia Berman { 04.11.14 at 8:26 pm }

You should write one about edible flowers, ranging from rose petals, squash blossoms and nasturtiums (spelling?) to dandelions — well at least their greens.

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