Top 10 most expensive flowers in the world
Top 10 most expensive flowers in the world

Flowers are the most preferred gifts for special occasions like a wedding, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In fact, the phrase, “Say it with flowers” has become popular for this reason. Flowers are beautiful and easy on the purse. However, in this article we look at some of the rarest and most expensive flowers around the world.

The list of top 10 most expensive flowers in the world

10. Lisianthus ($10 – $35 per bundle)

9. Lily of the Valley ($15 – $50 per bundle)

8. Hydrangea ($6.5 per stem)

7. Gloriosa ($6 – $10 per flower)

6. Tulip Bulb (sold for $5,700 in the 17th century)

5. Saffron Crocus ($1200 – $1500 per pound)

4. Gold of Kinabalu Orchid ($6000 per piece)

3. Shenzhen Nongke Orchid ($200,000)

2. Juliet Rose ($15.8 million)

1. Kadupul Flower (Priceless)

What are the most expensive flowers in the world?

10. Lisianthus

Photo: CGTN
Photo: CGTN

Lisianthus has long been grown as a cut flower, prized for its striking, rose-like beauty, wide range of colors — purple, rose, blush, white, green, cream, and various bicolors — and exceptional vase life. Lisianthus can be exacting in its culture, but with a little patience and attention to temperature and water control, you can produce a reliable supply of premium-quality blooms.

They are herbaceous annuals, growing to 15–60 cm tall, with bluish green, slightly succulent leaves and large funnel-shaped flowers growing on long straight stems: sometimes erect single stems, other times growing on branching stems that can rise to be eighteen feet tall.

Eustoma flowers are either single-flowered or double-flowered. Both types of flowers can be found in all ranges of the possible colors listed above. They are usually one to three feet tall, although there are dwarf varieties that only grow up to eight inches in height.

9. Lily of the Valley

Photo: Gardening Know How
Photo: Gardening Know How

Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) is not a true lily; it's actually part of the asparagus family, though its foliage is reminiscent of some lilies. The plant typically has medium green leaves that arch about 5 to 10 inches long and 1 to 3 inches wide from the center of a clump. And it sports petite, fragrant, white flowers in the spring on long stems that rise from the leaf clumps. Orange-red berries appear later in the fall. Don't let the delicate appearance of lily of the valley flowers fool you. This is a hardy ground cover that grows and spreads quickly. It is best planted in the fall.

Lily of the valley will grow vigorously in almost any spot with some shade. In fact, gardeners commonly use it under trees where many other plants won’t grow due to the shade. But you have to be careful when planting it that it won't escape its designated bounds. Lily of the valley can quickly spread and overtake a large area. And it is a long-lived plant that doesn’t have any serious issues with pests or diseases. So it might end up choking out other plants in its vicinity. It's helpful to grow it in containers or a raised garden bed to avoid unwanted spread.

This plant needs little attention to thrive once it’s established. Plan to water during dry spells. Also, if flowering has decreased on older plants, it’s often beneficial to dig them up and divide them to refresh their growth. Replant them where they have some more space.

8. Hydrangea

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Photo: Getty Images

Hydrangea common names hydrangea or hortensia, is a genus of 70–75 species of flowering plants native to Asia and the Americas. By far the greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia, notably China, Korea, and Japan. Hydrangea is derived from Greek and means ‘water vessel’ (hydria), in reference to the shape of its seed capsules. The earlier name, Hortensia, is a Latinised version of the French given name Hortense, honoring French astronomer and mathematician Nicole-Reine Hortense Lepaute.

Blooming in spring and summer, the hydrangea is considered a shrub. Reaching up to 15 feet in height, the hydrangea grows quickly and often fills in a space in just one summer.

Hydrangea flowers are produced from early spring to late autumn; they grow in flowerheads (corymbs or panicles) most often at the ends of the stems. Typically the flowerheads contain two types of flowers: small non-showy flowers in the center or interior of the flowerhead, and large, showy flowers with large colorful sepals (tepals). These showy flowers are often extended in a ring, or to the exterior of the small flowers. Plants in wild populations typically have few to none of the showy flowers, while cultivated hydrangeas have been bred and selected to have more of the larger type flowers.

In most species, the flowers are white, but in some species (notably H. macrophylla), can be blue, red, pink, light purple, or dark purple. In these species, floral color change occurs due to the presence of aluminum ions which are available or tied up depending upon the soil pH.

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7. Gloriosa

Photo: Gardening Know How
Photo: Gardening Know How

A fragile structure yet bursting with flaming energy, Gloriosa is an exuberant houseplant that you can’t keep your eyes off.

Large, pale green and transparent, Gloriosa is a beauty. It is a plant that’s covered in corkscrew curls desperate to climb and with famous flowers in dark red, bright pink or orange with saffron yellow. Its long stamens are at right angles to the petals and almost appear to float. This houseplant is not only magnificent to look at, but as a tuber that’s both a member of the lily family and climbs, it is also a botanical rarity. Above all it provides a fantastic tropical design which lends an instant exotic mood to your interior.

The plant originates from the temperate zones of Africa and west Asia. There are 12 species, all with tropical origins. As a herbaceous plant they grow and climb over other plants and reach a height of three metres in the wild. In places where they’re native, they grow in the scrub alongside the road like beautiful weeds. Indoors they remain smaller, although at a height of around one metre they are amongst the taller houseplants. They need support in order to be able to climb, but they have an airy structure, which means that a row of them makes for a popular partition.

6. Tulip Bulb

Photo: Wind and Weather
Photo: Wind and Weather

Some interesting facts about tulips are that wild tulips are native to the arid regions of Central Asia. The original species have a limited color range of mostly reds and yellows, and tend to have smaller flowers than modern cultivars and hybrids, which come in strong bright colors and pastel shades. Today’s tulips can provide you with a wide palette of colors to “paint” your garden with.

They can be bought for more than $9 for a bunch. Usually they come in 8,16 and more bulbs in a bunch. They were sold at $5700 during 17th century Tulip Mania. In addition, it’s famous for its status as being more valuable than gold.

5. Saffron Crocus

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Photo: Shutterstock

Saffron is a delicious and colorful seasoning that is used in breads, desserts, and main dishes in many parts of the world, from England to India, from the Middle East to Scandinavia, and all around the Mediterranean. Without it, an Indian curry or a Spanish paella just wouldn't be the same.

Saffron has long been the world's costliest spice by weight. Although some doubts remain on its origin, it is believed that saffron originated in Iran. However, Greece and Mesopotamia have also been suggested as the possible region of origin of this plant. Harold McGee states that it was domesticated in or near Greece during the Bronze Age. C. sativus is possibly a triploid form of Crocus cartwrightianus, which is also known as "wild saffron". Saffron crocus slowly propagated throughout much of Eurasia and was later brought to parts of North Africa, North America, and Oceania.

Saffron's taste and iodoform-like or hay-like fragrance result from the phytochemicals picrocrocin and safranal. It also contains a carotenoid pigment, crocin, which imparts a rich golden-yellow hue to dishes and textiles. Its recorded history is attested in a 7th-century BC Assyrian botanical treatise, and has been traded and used for thousands of years. In the 21st century, Iran produces some 90% of the world total for saffron with best quality. At US$5,000 per kg or higher, saffron is the world's most expensive spice.

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4. Gold of Kinabalu Orchid

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Photo: Pinterest

Mount Kinabalu, as it is more popularly known, is located in the Southeast region of Asia belonging to the country of Malaysia. The Kinabalu National Park, a World Heritage Site, houses one of the most expensive orchids in the world. These orchids are said to be the “Gold of Kinabalu”.

Also known as the King of the Paphs, the Paphiopedilum rothschildianu (also called “Rothschild’s slipper orchid” named after the person who discovered it) can cost up to $5,000 per stem.

Why are they so expensive? The reason is this species of orchid is considered to be an endangered one. It’s so rare that its flowers can take up to 15 years before they can bloom. The flowers are amazingly beautiful. They brag green petals with red spots. Its upper and lower petals look more like stripes for afar. While two of its side petals are extremely long and dangly. Its thin stem can hold up to six flowers horizontally, which give them the appearance of being huge. Its leaves are semi-translucent and it thrives near places with lots of water and humidity.

The flower reproduces by attracting insects to lay on its petals. Because of its spotted flowers, to insects it looks like aphids. Once insects like parasitic flies land on the petals, the flowers attach their pollens to it. Like some of its exotic orchid cousins, it imitates insects to successfully transfer pollens from one plant to another.

3. Shenzhen Nongke Orchid

Photo: Pixabay
Photo: Pixabay

There are some truly unusual orchids in existence but this one is particularly unique.Developed by Chinese agricultural scientists, this flower is completely man made and is named after the Shenzhen Nongke University where it was created. It took scientists eight years of research to create this delicate and elegant flower which only blooms every 4-5 years!

In 2005, the Shenzhen Nongke Orchid became the most expensive flower ever sold when it fetched the equivalent of $200,000 at an auction by an anonymous bidder.

2. Juliet Rose

Photo: David Austin Rose
Photo: David Austin Rose

An abundant peach rose with a deep, apricot heart, David Austin Juliet is the enchanting heroine of the David Austin collection. A classic choice that’s at the heart of many beautiful occasions. Juliet is a distinctive full cupped rose with voluminous petals, that ombré beautifully from soft peach to warm apricot. She has a light scent with the softest hint of tea.

Juliet is a real style chameleon. A symbol of classic romance, she sits well with soft chalky blues and cool nordic greys. Juxtapose the soft pastel colored petals with unexpected accents of fresh lemon and forest greens for a truly modern look.

Making its debut in 2006 at the Chelsea Flower Show, and took the floral world by storm not only for its elegance and blushing beauty, but because it was one of the most expensive flowers ever developed. It is known as the “£3 million rose”, which is equivalent to approximately $15.8 million.

To buy this, you have to earn as much as $16 million! Can you imagine?

1. Kadupul Flower

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Photo: Alamy

The Kadupul flower, Sri Lanka’s native blossom, is said to be the world’s most expensive flower. And it is priceless.

This floral specie is so expensive; it bares no price tag in contrast to other beautiful flowers.

The reason for this is because the moment it is picked, it quite often dies.

Due to its cactus roots, each and every Kadupul flower has an extremely short lifespan and is only able to survive the night, before it fades to nothing at dawn.

Despite this, the Kadupul’s fragrance is celebrated worldwide for its calming qualities. Unfortunately, the only way to experience this flower’s wonderful scent is to buy a bottle of Kadupul-inspired perfume, and unless you’re extremely lucky, most will never have the chance to revel in its soothing fragrance – which is also known as the midnight miracle.

Often nicknamed the Flower from the Heaven, the Queen of the Night or the Dutchman’s pipe, this species of cactus is one of the most cultivated kinds in the genus.

The flower itself boasts a beautiful hue of white and yellow and grows to a maximum height of 30 centimetres.

Kadupul’s scientific name is Epiphyllum oxypetalum and asides from Sri Lanka, it can also be found in certain Indian and South American countries. Although its natural habitat is the tropical rain forest; it is now being grown in a few ornamental gardens dotted around the globe.

The flowers of the Kadupul tend to start blooming between 10pm to 11pm, prolonging this process for two hours. Once all of the buds are revealed, the flowers release a sweet fragrance and tend to bloom on a monthly basis, on full moon days.

In total, one shrub can emit an impressive 100 flowers.

Today, you can find two species of Kadupul in Sri Lanka.

These include Epiphyllum hookeri, which boasts a series of thin Petals with leaves measuring up to two metres and Epiphyllum oxypetalum, which have broader petals measuring between 30 and 40 centimetres.

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