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Have you ever seen a flower with a heart shape? What about a flower that resembles lovebirds? Yes, they are real. They are among the most amazing and stunning flowers on earth.
In this article, I will showcase the top ten of the most beautiful flowers in the world all, some of which you may have never heard of or seen. Are you eager to explore these lovely flowers and discover more about them? Find out more by reading on.
1. Bleeding Heart
The bleeding heart will undoubtedly captivate your heart and soul. It is widely recognized as a symbol of love, serenity, and spirituality due to its heart-shaped flowers. The plant is a small, shade-loving herb that grows only around 3 feet tall. It has brownish-pink stalks and is adorned with fern-like leaves.
This lovely plant features flowers that have shapes similar to the heart, thus its name. The outer petals are rosy pink and enclose the white interior petals. They usually begin to bloom in the early spring and go dormant throughout the summer. It is native to Serbia, China, Korea, and Japan.
2. Foxtail Orchid
There are more than 28, 000 different types of orchids in the world, and one of the most beautiful is the foxtail orchid. This species of orchid is distributed throughout Asia, from India in the west to the Philippines in the east, from China in the north, to Indonesia in the south.
It gets its name from its lengthy inflorescence, which has flowers organized in a way similar to the bristle of a brush and is drooping like a fluffy fox tail. The inflorescence can reach a length of 15 inches long and is comprised of more than 100 pink-spotted white tiny blooms. At night, it gives off a spicy scent especially when the weather is warm.
3. Chocolate Cosmos
I know what you’re thinking! Chocolate cosmos has the same appearance as chocolate, but you'll be surprised to know that its odor is also similar to your favorite sweet treat. This Mexican beauty belongs to the family of daisies and sunflowers. It has flowers that are chocolate in color, dark red or maroon-dark brown. The flowers release vanillin, a substance that is responsible for the smell of many types of chocolates. At first glance, they appear to be a single flower but when you look closely at the center (disc), you will notice a cluster of numerous miniature flowers.
4. Parrot Flowers
The photo that you see above is not flying birds, but the blossoms of parrot flowers. The parrot flower is an endangered species of balsam that occurs in Southeast Asia. It has colorful flowers that resemble a parrot in appearance, hence its name. The flower has a red pouch that resembles the bird's head, with a green hook at its tip that looks like a beak. It also has a white locule that resembles the bird's body, green sepals somewhat wings, and purple-pink petals that look like tails.
Due to its rarity, there is not much information about this plant. However, it can grow to a height of 2 feet. Like other balsam species, the parrot flower also has thick stems and serrated-edged leaves.
5. Spiral Ginger
The spiral ginger is one of the best flowering perennials for sunny locations. Despite the common name, it is not a member of the edible ginger family but a distant relative. It is indigenous to Southeast Asia and the nations that border it, such as India, China, and Australia.
The entire plant is fascinatingly unique-looking, from leaves to flowers to fruits. The spiral ginger is a massive herb that typically reaches heights of 6 to 10 feet. It develops large, glossy foliage that grows from spiraling stems. At the tip of each stem, you can see a dense conelike group of red bracts that develop white funnel-shaped flowers with golden centers. Later, these flowers develop into woody capsules that are filled with black seeds.
Fuschias are native to American continents as well as certain Pacific island nations. Depending on the species, they are either small trees or woody bushes and can grow to a height of 8 inches to 13 feet. Also known as lady's ear drops, fuchsias feature flowers that are girlie in color, ranging from white to red, from rosy to mauve. The flowers are bell-shaped, conspicuous, and drooping. They are rich in nectar, which attracts hummingbirds, which are responsible for their pollination.
With over 1000 species, this genus of flowering plant is found all over the world, with the crimson one (Rhododendron arboreum) serving as the national flower of Nepal. Rhododendrons are woody plants belonging to the heath family (Ericaceae). Depending on the species, they are either lithophytes, epiphytes, or ground-dwelling. They can also be small shrubs or trees. Their height range being the smallest species is Japan's R. keiskei, which grows to a height of 4 feet, while the tallest is China's R. protistum, which grows to a height of 100 feet.
Rhododendron is derived from the Latin word for "rose tree," alluding to flowers that are produced in trusses and are as beautiful as roses. The color of the flower varies depending on the kind but they can be white, yellow, green, scarlet, mauve, pink, or blue. They can also have shapes like a funnel, trumpet, or bell.
Lithops are succulent plants that disguise themselves as rocks or stones. Yes, it is true. These plants have a couple of thick leaves that mimic rocks. The leaves are round and have color patterns of gray, brown, or red similar to rocks. These act as camouflage so that ravenous herbivores won't be able to quickly spot them. They thrive in the arid rocky environments of Namibia, Botswana, Angola, and South Africa, so their disguise will work more successfully. In summer, they produce a small daisy-like yellow, orange or white flower with numerous petals that emerges between the two “rocks”. The flower opens in the daytime and closes at night. Lithops are also called pebble plants, split rocks, and living stones for good reason.
9. Jade Vine
What kind of legume blooms precious stones? It is none other than jade vines. Originating in Mount Makiling in the Philippines, it has flowers that resemble jadestone in color. It produces 3-meter-long dangling inflorescences that are mint green, turquoise, or jade green. Each flower is shaped like a closed-wing butterfly, adding a touch of glitz to the plant. It also glows, allowing nocturnal bats, who pollinate it, to see it readily.
Imagine finding yourself on a walkway surrounded by jade vines. What a magical place would that be?
Delphiniums are easy to grow and care for, making them excellent flowering plants for any garden. The term 'delphinium' comes from the ancient Greek word for 'dolphin,' which relates to the plants’ buds and spurs, which resemble the shape of jumping dolphins. Delphiniums are famous for their erect, towering, spectacular spike of raceme inflorescence. Each inflorescence contains numerous florets. Depending on the species, the florets can be purple, pink, red, yellow, or white. This plant can grow from four inches to over six feet tall. They have handsome foliage that is palm-shaped. Despite their beauty, be careful when handling these plants as they are poisonous.
Sources of Information:
- A-Z List Of House Plants - Common and Scientific Names | House Plants Experts
- Diversity of Flowering Plants| Palomar Community College District
- The WFO Plant List | World Flora Online
- Plants of the World Online | Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
- Most Beautiful Native Flowers of the Philippines | Owlcation
- Plants All Around Us | Science World
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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