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The 10 Most Expensive Flowers in the World

Flowers are nature's most beautiful, natural ornament that not only decorate our world, but they fill it with natural aromatic scents that only add to their attraction. Their beauty is not only admired out in nature, but they are often given as tokens of love, admiration, celebration, expression of feelings, among other reasons. They express so many emotions and can be a part of so many different events. Flowers are commonly a part of weddings, funerals, Mother's Day, given in expression of love for Valentine's Day, sent as a birthday wish and many other occasions. With so many varieties of flowers to choose from, you can spend as little or as much as you want in order to create just the right expression you want to convey. There are some variety of flowers that are quite pricey and can cost you a pretty penny, just for a handful. If you have ever wondered which types of flowers cost the most, keep reading to learn what the ten most expensive flowers are in the world.

10. Lilly of the Valley

One of the most popular flowers, especially in Christianity, is the Lilly of the Valley, where it has been said that the flower blooms resemble the tears of Our Lady's Tears. It is a poisonous plant and flower and can grow from 15 - 30 cm high. They typically bloom around March and do not last very long as they are fragile with a short life span. If they are harvested wrong, the flower blooms will die off even quicker. Animals will show severe sickness symptoms if they ingest any part of this plant and should not be left around one. These flowers sell from $15 - $50 a bundle and are one of the most expensive flowers in the world.

9. Gloriosa

This flower is native to Asia and South Africa. It is unique in how the blooms grow in long tendrils that change color starting as one color at the tip and moves toward the center of the bloom. The colors can vary from yellow to oranges, yellow-greens and reds. The leaves of this beautiful plant can grow up to 3 meters long and it is a plant and flower that grow best in wet summers followed by long dry spells where they will lie dormant. Although this flower and plant are used for medicinal purposes among some locals in the area, it is a very poisonous plant and flower. It can cause severe skin irritation and is poisonous if ingested. This flower sells for $6 - $10 per flower.

8. Saffron Corcus

The saffron is most notable as a spice that is used primarily for coloring. This is a human-cultivated flower and does not grow naturally anywhere. The brilliant colors of purple petals with bright orange stamen, make this a very unique and remarkable flower that is often sold for its brilliant colors. When it comes to creating the spice used in cuisines, it takes nearly 80,000 to create 500 grams of the spice, and the stamens must all be hand-picked and dried. This flower sells at a high price of about $12,000 and is one of the most expensive flowers in the world.

7. Shenzhen Nongke Orchid

This is not a naturally grown flower. It is man made and took eight years for the group of scientists to cultivate it and get it to grow. The name stems from the group of scientists who conducted the experiment and created the flower. This orchid flower only blooms about once every 4-5 years, and although it is recognized for many things; its beauty, rarity, fragrance and the history of how it came to be, it is often its delicate flavor that it is most sought after for. This flower sells for $200,000. There is also record of one of these rare Orchids selling for $1.68 million at an auction.

6. Kadupul Flower

This is a flower that grows on a cactus and is extremely rare. It is unique, too, that it only blooms at night and then will die by the next morning. This flower cannot be cut due to its very short lifespan and if it is picked, there is a big risk for damage and harm to the flower. Because of this, there can be no price on the flower which ultimately makes a priceless flower. It is also one of the most fragrant flowers it is the inspiration behind bottles of perfume.

5. Lisianthus

This beautiful flower grows on a 15 to 60 cm tall plant and the blooms grow to 5cm bloom. They are fragrant and colorful, ranging in colors from lavender, white, pale purple, and blue-violet. They are not a long-lasting flower, once cut. The plant itself is hearty, but once the flower is cut, it will die within a couple of weeks, which makes this a hard flower to sell or market in stores. Because they are so fragile when cut for bouquets or store sells, they are pricey, averaging $10 - $35 for one bundle.

4. Hydrangea

These are unique flowers in that they grow very round and bulbous. They resemble big, fluffy cottonballs and grow in clusters on a bush-type plant. These flowers are delicate and wilt easy in heat. It is recommended that they are used on the day you purchase them due to their short life span. These flowers typically sell for $6.50  a stem, which can add up quickly if you purchase a descent size bouquet. It is a very popular flower to use on all kinds of events, including weddings, dinners, baby showers and others.

3. 17th Century Tulip

The 17th Century Tulip was one of the most desired and respected flower of the 17th century. It has a strong smell, color and shape. It is very lush, and the price really exploded during the 17th century since it was very rare during that century. Because of where this flower has started and what it became, it is known to be a status symbol in society. The flower was known to sell for $5,700 a flower in those years. It is still a very expensive flower and is the third most expensive flower in the world.

2. Gold of Kinabalu Orchid

This very rare orchid is so rare and beautiful that it can only be found in one place on earth, the Kinabalu National Park in Malaysia. The flower only grows during the months of April and May, and even so, it can take years for the blooms to open up after the plant has been planted. The petals are green with red spots and is a very unique looking Orchid, unlike any other on earth. It is so rare that one individual Orchid sells for $6,500.

1. Juliet Rose

This is the most elegant of the rose species and took 15 years in the making to create this beautifully design of a flower. It was first showcased in 2006 at the Chelsea Flower Show and it is very unusual in how it blooms. The bud is a pale peach color that bursts into a full rose bloom, with darker tones in the middle of the flower. The unique rose bloom is mesmerizing to look at, its soft, subtle scent is tantalizing. To put together a reasonable sized bouquet would cost a hefty price with these roses selling for $15.8 million, but there are some less pricier Juliet roses that can be found, if you have the time to search. This is the most expensive flower in the world.


Allen Lee

Written by Allen Lee

Allen Lee is a Toronto-based freelance writer who studied business in school but has since turned to other pursuits. He spends more time than is perhaps wise with his eyes fixed on a screen either reading history books, keeping up with international news, or playing the latest releases on the Steam platform, which serve as the subject matter for much of his writing output. Currently, Lee is practicing the smidgen of Chinese that he picked up while visiting the Chinese mainland in hopes of someday being able to read certain historical texts in their original language.

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