Fun & Fascinating Flower Facts

I came across several trivia sites while googling something else today and thought I would collect a few and post them. Some are fascinating — I thought all of them were interesting. (Especially the “corpse flower”! Google that sucker!) And they all made me say, “Gee, I didn’t know that.” These are mostly cut and paste from a variety of sites.

– White flowers tend to be more strongly scented than their colored kin.

– Prince Charles is paid one daffodil a year as rent for his lands on the Island of Scilly, off the coast of Cornwall.

– Pinks are so called not because of their color but because of the ragged edges, or pinks, on each petal. The color pink is actually named after the flower.

– Sunflower stems were used to fill lifejackets before the advent of modern materials.

– The largest single flower is the Rafflesia or “corpse flower”. It is a type of malodorous lily that can weigh up to 15 lb and be close to 40 inches wide. It apparently smells like rotting flesh. Eww.

– A notch in a tree will remain the same distance from the ground as the tree grows.

– Onions contain a mild antibiotic that fights infections, soothes burns, tames bee stings and relieves the itch of athletes foot.

– The Daisy got its name because the yellow center resembled the sun. It was commonly known as the “day’s eye” and over time, was eventually called daisy.

– The city of Mt. Vernon, Washington … grows more tulips than the entire country of Holland.

– Every plant in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is edible.

– Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep cool. He changed it every two innings.

– A bouquet of a dozen Wolffia blooms would comfortably fit on the head of a pin. A type of duckweed, Wolffia grows on the surface of ponds and slow moving streams. This very minute flowering plant is native to Australia and Malaysia. The plant body is 0.6-0.9 mm long and only 0.2-0.5 mm wide.

– This bit of information appeared in The Garden Diary and Country Home Guide published in 1908. “An old rule is to plant sweet corn in the spring when the leaves of the white oak tree are as large as a mouse’s ear or when the soil feels warm to your bare bottom.” (Make sure the neighbors aren’t watching if you test this one!)

Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

23 thoughts on “Fun & Fascinating Flower Facts”

  1. Fascinating AND fun, as promised in your title! I’ve shared your blog URL with my master gardening buddy – she’ll love reading these interesting tidbits. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face this afternoon. Have a great week!

  2. Interesting! I have heard some of these, but not all. I will let you try the last one, okay? Let me know how if it works!!

  3. nancy .. all of these are really amazing .. but I have to wonder about the tulip one ? .. I’ve lived in Holland ! LOL

  4. Wonderful post Nancy! I love those interesting tidbits of information. Do you think they actually followed that last rule for planting sweet corn in the early 1900’s:)? My how times have changed.

  5. Cool Nancy,I love about the Daisy. Day’s Eye is very clever how we named the flower.Why would babe ruth wear a lettuce to keep cool?Interesting snippets though..

  6. I really love random snippets about plants. I tend to buy books that have this type of info. Thanks for posting. I learned a few things today.

  7. nancy,

    I remember reading a book when I was much younger where the heroine put hot onions on the chest of a man with pneumonia….so they may be very good for what ailed him!

    I can’t wait to bring up the life jackets and sunflower stems… my paddling friends already think I am a nerd! But who could pass on that one!


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