Have you ever wondered how expensive flowers can be? It’s quite natural to have such an instinct to know the most expensive flowers when you see a bundle of beautiful flowers in a flower store. Also, when you think about your most beloved ones on a special occasion like a wedding day or Valentine’s Day, the one thing that usually comes to your mind is a flower bouquet.
So, let’s be familiar with the world’s top 10 most expensive flowers, which you are curious to know, even if you don’t intend to buy them.
Also known as Eustomia or prairie gentian, Lisianthus commonly grows in the southern United States, the Caribbean, and Mexico temperate regions. Large funnel-shaped with all shades of pink, purple, white, and blue flowers bloom either on a single stem or in branched stems. Sometimes, double-shaded flowers can also be seen.
Lisianthus flowers usually bloom in early summer. The flowering lasts for a few months and ends in late summer. As a beautiful and high-end cut flower, it requires special care and maintenance for its commercial use. These flowers are usually sold for a price range of $10-$35 per bundle. Flowers prefer up to eight hours of direct sunlight during the daytime. They can withstand hot summers.
The flower is highly demanded when preparing bridal bouquets and used for other special occasions. The price of lisianthus is quite high because the flowers last only a few weeks after being cut from the stem. Due to the sensitive texture and white color of the exported Lisianthus flowers, they have also been named “paper flowers.” A thick, waxy foliage helps them to survive harsh environments.
9Lily of the Valley
Since flowering occurs in May, Lily of Valley has been given the scientific name, meaning “the valley belongs to May.” Due to its sweet scent and delicate appearance, the flower is a perfect choice for any special occasion. Their classy and luxurious nature represents a royal bridal fashion.
They are commonly called Mary’s Tears or Our Lady’s Tears. The flowers are believed to be grown from the tears Mary shed during the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. They symbolize sweetness, love, purity, and happiness. They are regarded as the floral emblem of Yugoslavia and Finland’s national flower.
Even though the flowers bloom throughout May, they are widely available only in small quantities. Usually, one can purchase flowers through auctions for a premium amount. Being delicate and rare in nature, they are costlier, with a price range starting from $500.
Hydrangea usually appears white but can also be seen in violet, pink, light purple, and blue colors. These flowers dry out quickly, so buying them as close to the event is advisable. They are widely used on many wedding occasions. But their cultivation and harvest need a lot of hard work. Since they are available in various colors, the price ranges from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars for a small cluster.
Purchasing high-quality hydrangeas for receptions and celebrations worldwide requires a handsome premium. Even a wedding bouquet with hydrangeas can cost up to $500. Hydrangeas are plentiful and diverse in some countries, especially China and Japan, where they can live for up to 50 years.
The bright hydrangea blossoms are common in the Southern United States, forming a decorative barrier. Hydrangea flowers are breathtakingly beautiful for household vases. Among different hydrangea blooms, Pink Blossoms are the prettiest and costliest. Their root system absorbs or releases aluminium to keep the flowers pink and helps in soil testing. Purchasing pink hydrangea flowers can cost up to $9 per stem.
Gloriosa flowers are easily recognizable and attractive due to their distinctive colors ranging from yellow, greenish-yellow, red, and sometimes pinkish-red. With various common names such as flame Lilly, fire Lilly, cat’s claw, or tiger’s claw, they usually grow in tropical regions of southern Africa and tropical and temperate Asia.
Gloriosa flowers have high demand in international markets. Pharmaceutical companies extract juice from gloriosa seeds due to their medicinal properties and procure them for export to various countries. Their cultivation cost is higher, so we can’t purchase them for a rate similar to other lilies we found in a grocery store.
Each flower has widely separated and reflexed tepals with prominent, yellow-colored anthers pointing outwards from the green ovary attachment. These herbaceous climbers can reach up to 3 m in height with the aid of tendrils at the end of leaves.
They usually prefer growing under full sunlight and are pollinated by butterflies and sunbirds. Since gloriosa flowers are rare and quite tricky to harvest, the price of a single flower can be between $6 to $10 in the commercial market.
Tulips are large, cup-shaped, or star-shaped flowers with bright colors ranging from white, yellow, and pink to red. Flowering occurs in early spring and becomes dormant during summer. Tulip bulbs usually grow in southern Europe to central Asia and are well adapted to temperate climate zones. Apart from the original species, many botanical tulips have been produced as part of several breeding programs.
Tulip bulbs have a long history of cultivation. They were once an essential trade item during the Dutch golden age, popular as “Tulip Mania.” The highly priced tulip bulbs symbolized later Ottomans by the 15th century.
When tulip bulbs were first introduced in Europe through the spice trading routes, the flowers became a luxury item destined for the gardens of the rich, especially among the Dutch society. Later, tulip bulbs became a status item for the affluent as they were expensive enough to be sold out at $1500 per bulb.
Tulips are one of the most widely used ornamental cut flowers. A tulip bulb that grows from seed would take almost 7-12 years before flowering, whereas a bulb itself blooms the very next year. The so-called broken bulbs with multicolored and striped patterns are rare and have a high demand in markets, leading to a high market price.
Saffron crocus, also known as autumn crocus, is an autumn flowering perennial popular for its culinary use, where the flower’s stigma is commonly used as the spice saffron. They usually bloom as purple in autumn. And three saffron threads are produced from each purple-colored flower.
The Saffron crocus is widely cultivated in East Asia and parts of the Mediterranean region. But genetically variable cultivars require different breeding techniques. Even though their harvesting process is tedious, they have a high demand in the spices market. And a pound of saffron which is being extracted from at least 75000 flowers, costs $1000.
Producing a handful of saffron threads for commercial use requires hundreds of flowers. Also, their continued propagation needs manual vegetative multiplication. Since producing new cultivars with potential benefits and quality is difficult, minimal genetic variability is observed in the flowering species. That’s why the flowers are highly expensive.
4Gold of Kinabulu
Gold of Kinabalu orchid, commonly called Rothschild’s slipper orchid, is a large orchid species native to the rainforests around Mount Kinabalu in northern Borneo. These large-sized orchids are usually found at an elevation ranging from 500 to 1200 meters above sea level. Blooms form tall inflorescences having atmost six large flowers. Their flowering period is from April to May.
Gold of Kinabulu is an extremely rare and endangered species endemic to the Kinabulu mountain area. It takes almost 15 years to bloom and complete its growth cycle. The petals that grow almost horizontally along with the Corypetalum group give a unique appearance to the orchid.
As the name “Gold of Kinabulu” suggests, these orchids are regarded as gold due to their high cost. They are extremely rare and one of the most expensive orchids in the world. Even a single stem can be worth around $5000 and can now be seen only in a limited area of Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia. Since they are currently on the verge of extinction, the price range can rise even more.
3Shenzhen Nongke Orchid
Shenzhen Nongke Orchid is the first genetically modified orchid or man-made orchid in the world. It is named after Shenzhen Nongke University, where a group of Chinese agricultural scientists developed it as part of an extensive research study. It took almost eight years for the scientists to create such a delicate and precious orchid. And the orchid blooms once every 4 or 5 years.
Surprisingly, the orchids can live for 100 years or more if cultivated under optimal environmental conditions. Typically the flowers last at least six weeks under dedicated care. They have a unique appearance; the petals and sepals are greenish-yellow with a burgundy labellum. They prefer indirect bright light with warm temperatures.
Shenzhen Nongke orchid was widely recognized as the most expensive orchid in 2005. When the orchid was placed for auction, an anonymous bidder bought it for $200,000. After that, the orchid is regarded as one of the most expensive flowers ever sold. Now, one plant of Shenzhen Nongke orchid costs over $200,000.
These beautiful peach-colored roses have a delightful fragrance with a tint of tea’s aroma. They prefer rich, well-drained, and fertile soil to complete their life cycle. The flowers develop a cool lemon character as they grow. Juliet roses are healthy and not susceptible to any diseases.
Juliet roses are the most popular and favorite flowers in various flower exhibitions. They have plenty of upright branches right from the base. It is named after Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This romantic English Rose beautifully decorates gardens with their sweet smell. Their blooming occurs in late spring, and they can grow up to 3 feet tall.
Juliet Rose was developed by David Austen in 1978, and it took him almost 15 years to complete his work of art. He spent nearly three million British pounds and got an unbelievable profit of five million pounds in return. In 2006 at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show, David Austin presented the Sweet Juliet plant, and it caught the attention of ardent rose lovers and sold out for $15.8 million.
Kadupul flower is popularly known as the “princess of the night” or “queen of the night” since they bloom only at night. Usually, flowering occurs on full moon nights between March to November. It is widely recognized as the most precious and one of the rarest flowers in the world because they die as soon as they are picked.
Kadupul flowers are ornamental flowers commonly found in tropical rainforests of Sri Lanka, India, and South American countries. These exceptional flowers usually bloom from 10 pm to 11 pm, and their blooming continues for about two hours.
The white-yellow colored Kadupul flowers belong to the cactus family and are epiphytic. They have a sweet fragrance; the only way to experience this wonderful scent is by buying Kadupul-ingested perfume. They take almost a year to bloom their flowers and cannot last even one hour. All flowers fade at dawn. Since they are rare and can’t be harvested in gardens, they are priceless.