Flowers are more than just ornamental or aesthetically pleasing, to many horticulturalists they are their passion and their livelihood.
As a species we have been historically preoccupied with beauty and this goes for anything man made or from within the natural world and flowers especially have been used to reflect our love for visual splendour.
Some blooms have had a lot more credit given to them than others and here is a list of some of the more popular flowers from around the world:
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The Dutch gave the tulip its infamous reputation of decadence after the social phenomenon in the 17th Century that saw the price of bulbs soar to nearly three times the yearly income of a skilled tradesman.
After the ‘tulip mania’ bubble had burst the flower remains to be one of the most favourable flowers in the world.
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The Orchid is a renowned flower and has been referenced throughout film and literature for example the Susan Orlean novel ‘The Orchid Thief’.
Their expression is particularly exotic and impressive especially to the early westerners who travelled the Middle and Far East to be met with these stunning flowers.
They seemed so out of the ordinary for the early settlers and therefore became iconic to the exotic within our culture.
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Roses may seem somewhat common place, their cultural significance and unrelenting beauty means they remain near the top of every popular flower list.