Can you imagine a world without flowers? A world with no colour? Perish the thought! To paraphrase what a famous man once said, ‘When character yells, a flower blooms!’ Flowers have always conveyed the deepest feelings of the heart, from despair and joy to friendship and undying love.
While older favourites such as roses, daisies, chrysanthemums rule the roost, exotic blossoms such as orchids, anthuriums are slowly inching their way up the popularity charts due to their astounding beauty. Each one of these lovely blossoms has a rich history and deep significance and a language uniquely its own.
Just what makes a flower ‘exotic’? What flowers are categorized as’exotic’? Here’s a small guide to some of the most popular exotic blossoms in the flowery kingdom! Each has a different source — but all are lovely, aromatic and very tasteful.
Or Flamingo Lily. This highly unusual flower is native to Colombia and Ecuador in South America. Its striking pink color and the distinctive yellow spike that sticks out from the middle of a huge red modified foliage certainly qualify it as one of the most exotic flowers ever.
The term carnation comes from the Greek word’dianthus’ which means’flower of the gods’ or’heavenly flower’. The carnation was used in ceremonial crowns worn by the ancient Greeks. Carnations are available in all hues, which range from the common red to purple, white, peach and pink. A Christian legend has it carnations sprang up in these areas where Mary, the mother of Jesus, cried when she saw Him carrying the heavy cross. That’s the reason the pink carnation signifies a mother’s love and is the flower given to mothers on Mother’s Day.
Think exotic blossoms and the first name that springs to mind is the orchid. With its striking appearance and color, the orchid has come to symbolize all that is rare and delicate. The elegant orchid has a staggering number of species, and its graceful beauty makes it ideal for virtually any occasion, particularly once you need to impress a loved one. Although classified as tropical flowers, orchids can grow in just about all climates. The most popular varieties are the Moth and the Vanilla Orchids. Traditionally, orchids have represented wealth, love and beauty. These exotic blooms were believed to have magical healing properties and were highly prized by the ancient Romans, Greeks and the Chinese.
This is one flower that could easily put different flowers in the shade. An iris in full bloom is as close to ‘poetry in motion’ as is possible. The iris is named after the Greek word for’rainbow’ because this exotic flower is offered in as many as 200 varieties in a wide assortment of colours. Known for its magnificent blue selection, the iris can be found in other colors like yellow and white. Representing faith, wisdom and hope, the iris is truly named after the Greek Goddess Iris, the messenger of love for the gods as well as the connection between heaven and earth. The iris has travelled from ancient Egypt to medieval France until today, mesmerizing those who set eyes on its striking look.
The loose-branching flower clusters which compose the heliconia make it an ideal candidate for the list of exotic flowers on earth. The heliconia is named after Mount Helicon, considered to be the seat of the Muses, the nine goddesses of the arts and sciences in Greek mythology. Also known more broadly as lobster-claw, the heliconia is native to tropical America and the Pacific Islands. It comes in vibrant shades of vivid colours and is a massive attraction for hummingbirds. These breathtakingly brilliant flowers rise in tiny clusters, much like bananas that is why they’re also called’wild plantain’.
Bird of Paradise
One of the most strikingly exotic flowers on earth, the Bird of Paradise seems uncannily like a brightly colored bird in flight. It’s wing-like unusual flowers which come in a dazzling blend of colors like orange, white, yellow, blue and green. It receives its name from the bird of the same title because of the spectacular flower shape which resembles a bird’s beak full with a head plumage. This exceptionally dramatic-looking flower is a native of South Africa, where it’s also called Crane Flower. The Bird of Paradise flower signifies paradise, magnificence, liberty and decent perspective.
Each one of these exotic blossoms is unique in its own way and an entire bouquet of them to that somebody really special would convey an extremely eloquent message.