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16 Weird and Wonderful Facts About Flowers – Flower T-shirts

Flowers make a beautiful addition to a home, garden, and even your wardrobe. Floral prints never go out of style and always brighten up an outfit. In spring and summer, floral prints are a clothing must-have. The mighty flower is both beautiful and fascinating. We have found some pretty cool facts about the humble flower. Some were so brilliant, we just had to share them with you. So, here is a list of our favourite weird and wonderful facts about flowers!

1. Oldest Flower

Scientist’s discovered the world’s oldest flower in 2002 in China. The ancient flower was in bloom, wait for it, around 125 million years ago! Its name is Archaefructus Sinensis and looked like a modern-day water lily

2. Healing Flower Power

The Yarrow flower is known for its healing properties and was used in World War 1 to help heal soldier’s wounds

water-lily
pink-yarrow-plant

3. Vitamin Flower

Dandelions may be weeds, but the flowers and leaves are actually a very good source of vitamins A and C, iron, calcium and potassium! So get munching! Yum!

4. Cooking Up A Storm

If you don’t happen to have an onion to hand when you’re next cooking, you can use a tulip bulb in many recipes instead! Who knew?

yellow-dandelion
tulip-bulbs

5. Pain Killer

The humble and sweet daisy has loads of medicinal properties, including relieving indigestion, easing coughs, slowing bleeding and easing back pain! Wowza!

6. Flower Relations

Roses are not only romantic but they have lots of famous (and tasty) relations, including apples, raspberries, cherries, plums, pears, peaches, nectarines and almonds.

daisies
red-roses

7. Large And In Charge

The world’s largest flower is also one of the smelliest things in the world! The Titan Arum stands at almost 10 feet high and due to its aroma of rotten flesh, it is also known as the corpse flower…perhaps not one to bring home to your wife then!

8. Scent Bomb

They look very pretty but the gas plant gets its name due to it secreting a clear gas on warm nights. It is believed that this gas can be ignited with a match! Don’t try that at home!!

corpse-flower
purple-gas-plant

9. Veggie Bloom

Broccoli is actually a flower!

10. Scotland’s Flower

Many moons ago when the Vikings invaded Scotland, they were slowed down by patches of wild thistle, which allowed the Scots to make their escape. Because of this, the wild thistle was named Scotland’s national flower

flowering-broccoli
wild-thistle

11. Fresh Bouquet

White flowers give off stronger scents than colourful flowers. Who knew?

12. Sunshine Bloom

The beautiful sunflower moves throughout the day in response to the movement of the sun from east to west. Clever things!

white-flower
sunflowers

13. Sun, Moon and Stars

The dandelion is the only flower that represents the 3 celestial bodies of the sun, moon and stars – the yellow flower resembles the sun, the puffball the moon and the dispersing seeds, the stars! How lovely!

14. Sensitive Plants

The pretty pink pom pom heads of the Mimosa Pudica looks sweet and fuzzy, but it is actually a very sensitive plant, which will fold up its leaves when it is touched

dandelion
mimosa-pudica

15. Rose Oil

 It takes two thousand roses to produce one gram of rose oil!

16. As Valuable As Gold

In 17th Century Holland, tulip bulbs were more valuable than gold! The flower symbolized immortality, life and love.

red-and-white-roses
red-and-yellow-tulips

So there are our 16 lovely facts about flowers! Who knew they had so many fascinating facts about them?! We hope some of these come up the next time you play Trivial Pursuit or are at the pub quiz – you’ll be the flower fact master.

Why not create your own beautiful t-shirt with your very own images on it. Cover yourself in your beautiful flower photography with our cut and sew t-shirts. They make the perfect gift or a new statement wardrobe piece. Stand out and glow with your personalised t-shirt. Another bonus facts about flowers are that they make beautiful t-shirt designs.

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