Can’t Buy Me Love: The World’s Most Expensive Flowers

Valentine’s Day is upon us again, and with it comes the annual, unspoken competition between……well……everyone. Who will get the present that means the most? Receive the note from a lover with the unforgettable message? Experience the most unique date? In the spirit of our seemingly endless search for creative and meaningful Valentine’s gifts, we would like to offer a selection of flowers you won’t see in your local flower shop. Only the rarest and most expensive flowers in the world make up this list!

Crocus Sativus (Saffron Flower)

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Is your love is a spicy one? While this bright purple flower is not expensive solely as a blossom or bouquet, the stamens are used to make saffron. Painstakingly plucked from each flower, saffron can be worth up to $1000 per pound!

Semper Augustus Tulip

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Think your Valentine is the only thing you need to survive? In 1637, at the height of “Tulip Mania” in the Netherlands, a single bulb of this red and white striped flower was worth 10,000 guilders – enough to clothe and feed an entire Dutch family for half a lifetime.

Gold of Kinabalu

Source: W K Fletcher - BBC Nature

Can you wait for the show? If you have $5,000 per stem and 15 years to wait, make a Gold of Kinabalu your choice. From Malaysia, this very rare and exotic orchid is worth the 15 year blooming time, with bold purple and white striped leaves in its large, show flowers.

Shenzhen Nongke Orchid


Is your Valentine conducting a high-tech affair? This shockingly yellow orchid was designed in a laboratory. In fact, the flower was part of an 8 year agricultural science research project, and reportedly sold for $202,000 to an anonymous bidder at auction in 2005.

Udumbara Flower

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Is yours a once-in-a millennium love? Comb the earth (literally) to find a Youtan Poluo blossom. These 1mm white flowers are said by botanists to bloom once every 3000 years! Discoveries of these “Udambara” flowers make headlines – whether they are on a steel pipe on a Chinese farm, the forehead of a Korean Buddha statue, or underneath a Lushan Mountain nun’s washing machine. Price? They literally define Priceless.

Author: Elephoto Team

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