Learn about Flowers!

  • The smallest flower in the world is the Wolffia globosa, or duckweed. It's the size of a grain of rice, and the flower is in a small hole on the surface of the plant.
  • Moonflowers only bloom at night, and they close during the day.
  • Bamboo is actually a perennial flowering plant, but it only blooms every few years.
  • Soil type determines the color of hydrangeas. If the soil is acidic, the flowers are more blue. The less acidic the soil is, the more pink the flowers will be.
  • A type of dark-reddish flower called the chocolate cosmos actually smells like chocolate.
  • The word "hydrangea" is from the Greek words "hydor," meaning "water," and "angeion," meaning "vessel," which refers to the plant's seed pods.
  • White flowers have a stronger fragrance than colorful ones.
  • The world's largest bloom is the Rafflesia arnoldii, the "corpse flower." It can grow over 3 feet across and weigh over 15 pounds. It also smells like rotting meat.
  • The tallest sunflower ever recorded was 30 feet 1 inch tall. Grown by Hans-Peter Schiffer of Germany, the flower was verified on August 28, 2014.
  • International Flower Day is January 19.