Throughout human history, flowers have been the perfect source to communicate love, care and other heartfelt emotions. The beautifully prepared flower bouquets and arrangements help express affection, gratitude, admiration and appreciation towards your loved ones on major occasions. With their beauty and lasting fragrance, the mesmerizing blossoms spread cheer and positive vibes everywhere.
Do you ever wonder when did the tradition of gifting flowers started among humans? Well, we did a bit of research and gathered some important information about the evolutionary tradition of gifting flowers that we are sharing with you.
History of Giving Flowers:
The history of gifting flowers goes back to hundreds of years ago. The evidence exists that gifting flowers have been an important part of culture since the Middle Ages. The Ancient Greeks, Romans, Chinese and Egyptians were believed to use flowers as a way of communication in their stories and myths. In fact, Greeks considered flowers to be of great importance and associated them with Gods.
The significance of flowers increased during the mid-1700s when the English & French visited Turkey. During their visit to Turkey, they learned that there is an entirely new language dedicated to flowers called ‘Floriography.’ According to this floral language, each flower had a different meaning. So, the Victorian culture created its own meaning for each flower known at that time.
In the Victorian Era, people did not believe in expressing their feelings and emotions. They discovered the language of flowers as an acceptable form of expressing emotions and sentiments. In fact, the way flowers were offered and received during the Victorian Era held different meanings. For example, if someone presented a flower upside down that was interpreted as the exact opposite of the original meaning.
Apart from amazing and appealing history, there are some mind-blowing facts about flowers that you can read further.
- Roses have an exclusive part called rose hips, which is a berry fruit. They are used to make teas or jellies as they are loaded with Vitamin C.
- Broccoli is a flower, which is harvested before the flower buds fully open and eaten as a vegetable.
- A 32,000-year-old extinct Arctic flower was restored to life using seeds found by an Ice Age squirrel.
- During World War II, tulip bulbs were claimed to taste awful and dry. Still, many people ate them to satiate hunger. Some families even used tulips in place of onions.
- The juice from the bluebell flowers was historically used to make glue.
- The color of hydrangeas is determined by the acidity of the soil they are planted in. If the alkalinity of the soil is high, it will result in pink hydrangeas.
- The sunflower stems were used to fill life jackets. In fact, the floating sunflower rafts have been used to clean up water pollution from the Chernobyl disaster. The roots of the sunflowers can remove up to 95% radioactivity by removing the contaminants from the water.
- Queen Victoria loved flowers so much that she wore an orange floral wreath instead of the expected crown. The lavish floral arrangements were used at her wedding decoration that made wedding flowers a must have for all brides.
- The beautiful dark burgundy flowers called chocolate cosmos smell exactly like chocolate.
- A Sumatran native flower called titan arum is the world’s smelliest flower that is said to emit a stink similar to that of a dead body.
- The gas plants emit a colorless gas on humid, warm nights, which are said to be ignitable with a lit match.
- The agave plant is often called ‘the century plant’ because it can flourish for years on end without growing any flowers. At the end of its life, this plant produces a single flower and dies.