Did You Know?
- That there are over 270,000 species of flowers that have been documented in the 21st century? That's a lot of flowers! Throughout the centuries flowers were used to symbolize love, friendship and sympathy. There is even evidence indicating the use of flowers during funerals by the Neanderthals who inhabited Europe and parts of western Asia.
- Moving forward in time to the Victorian era; in England the language of flowers was as important to people as being "well dressed." For example, the recognizable scent of a particular flower, plant or perhaps a scented handkerchief sent its own unique message.
- Fragrance is created on the surface of plant petals, leaves and tissues by some 50 to 100 chemicals of some 1,000 identified by scientists. Roses generate more than 80 distinct fragrances.
- It depends on what the flower is trying to attract: daytime pollinators such as bees and butterflies or nighttime such as a moth to a stargazer lily. And scent is directly related to lifespan.