Flowers come in all shapes, sizes and colours – but they also come in various price points too.
While you may only spend a few pounds on a normal bunch of everyday flowers to fill a vase, there are times when it is worth splashing out a bit more on special arrangements.
While great flowers don’t have to cost the earth, history has taught us that sometimes people will shell out a small fortune on bouquets. Here are seven of the most expensive flowers in the world which prove this point.
1. Kadupul flower: Priceless
Technically a cactus, Kadupul Flower� is found only in Sri Lanka and is without doubt a clear choice for the top of this list. Unbelievably rare, this stunning white flower blossoms at night and survives mere hours, meaning catching even a glimpse of it is next to impossible
Unlike the other flowers on this list, this near-mythical species has never been up for sale, making it literally priceless.
2. Juliet Rose: £10 million
A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but would it fetch as high a price-tag? This bloom is very rare in the modern world and back in 2006 one grower sold his bloom for a staggering $15.8 million (c. £10 million) after harvesting it for as long as 15 years.
3. Shenzhen Nongke Orchid: £160,000
This orchid flowers only blooms once every 4 to 5 years and takes its name from the university at which it was developed. Scientists spent 8 years creating the delicate bloom which fetched a staggering £160,000 at auction in 2005. It remains the most expensive flower ever sold.
4. Orchids, lilies, moonflowers and a 100-year-old ficus: £80,000
It might seem a strange combination but these flowers once commanded a collective value of £80,000 when arranged in a single wedding bouquet. As well as the root of a 100-year-old ficus which was surrounded by the beautiful white flowers, the bouquet also contained 90 2-carat ruby facets as well as 9 one-carat diamonds and a 21.6-carat star ruby.
5. Gold of Kinabalu Orchid: £3,800
An endangered species, this orchid can be seen in a fenced-off area of the Kinabalu National Park in Malaysia. It can take 15 years to flower – helping to fetch its £3,800 price tag – and is currently claimed to be on the verge of extinction, which could push prices up even more.
6. Tulips: £3,600
In 17th century Holland, tulips became extremely fashionable and wealthy Dutch flower lovers went crazy for them!� Prices soared so high during this period that the� amount of money spent on them at the time could have clothed and fed a whole family for half a year!
7. Saffron crocus: £760-950 per pound
Famed for its status as being more valuable than gold, the bright-red stigma of the saffron crocus is painstakingly removed and used as a spice in various cuisines around the world giving this flowering plant a rather large value.