High-Priced Blooms: The World’s Most Expensive Flowers

by Robert Canning on October 15, 2021

How much are you willing to pay for a beautiful bouquet of blooms? There’s no better gift to give on birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions than flowers. Although they only last a few days, the beauty of a flower endures long after it has withered and died.

Despite the short lifespan of these blooms, flowers are still considered a luxury, albeit temporary. However, some flowers take “luxurious” to a whole new level—a few particular flowers are placed at an unbelievably high price, making the average person speechless.

If you think it would be preposterous to pay thousands of pounds for just one plant, you’re in for a surprise! Read on below to learn about some of the most expensive flowers on the global market today:

1. Saffron Crocus

Saffron Crocus is neither a rare nor an expensive flower, but it still deserves a place on this list. While some flowers are regarded for their beauty, most people are more concerned with the stamens of the saffron crocus, which are cultivated to produce the spice saffron.

Given the physical labour required to produce it and its distinct flavours and smell, saffron is easily the most expensive spice globally. With saffron costing around £600 per pound, it would make sense for saffron crocus to be considered among the most expensive flowers in the world by association.

2. Lily of the Valley

The Lily of the Valley is a beautiful white flower shaped like a tiny bell. Although it has a dainty and delicate appearance and sweet scent, it can be deadly. When ingested, Lily of the Valley could be fatal, even leading to death.

The toxicity of the seemingly harmless flower has garnered much interest worldwide, but this is not why it’s regarded as among the most expensive flowers on the globe. Its short lifespan is the primary reason why Lily of the Valy is priced incredibly high—you must be careful in harvesting the flower to produce the fragrant aroma enjoyed by Princess Diana, Meghan Markle, and Kate Middleton.

3. Gardenia

With their immaculate white heads contrasting with their dark green leaves and intoxicating fragrance, Gardenias have grown to be widely beloved and considered as an ideal flower for wedding ceremonies.

None can deny the heavenly appearance and spectacular scent of Gardenias, but their characteristics aren’t what makes them expensive. Since you can’t buy Gardenias by the stem and have to be bought by the plant, they’re much pricier than other flowers.

Rothschild Orchid

Also known as the ‘Gold of Kinabalu,’ the Rothschild Orchid is an endangered flower that can only be found in Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu National Park. Given the amount people would pay to have this flower, many have risked smuggling it, which forced the flower into extinction.

Since each flower of the Rothschild Orchid takes 15 years to bloom, the existing flowers are fiercely protected by rangers. However, this doesn’t stop people from selling the orchids on the black market, priced at almost £4,000 a stem.

Juliet Rose

Roses have always been on the pricier side, but this prized peach rose is the most expensive of them all! After 15 years of breeding, a fragrant flower inspired by old garden roses and spending £2.3 million, David Austin managed to develop the Juliet Rose that’s now beloved by floral enthusiasts worldwide.

Conclusion

Nothing else can make you feel more special than a luxurious birthday flower arrangement or wedding anniversary flowers! If you have the budget to spend thousands of pounds on a rare flower, why not? Birthdays and anniversaries come only once a year, after all—what better way to convey your affections than with an extraordinary bouquet of blooms?

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