Setting up floral arrangements around the mailbox, entrance gate, or on a wreath hung on the front door, are all ways to welcome guests.
The joy for any at-home flower arranger is that special satisfaction in knowing that you have brightened people’s day with your own handiwork. Rare flowers may provide a powerful visual appeal of vibrant colors, shapes, and variations that most have never seen.
Even if you want to astound guests, rare flowers are probably out of reach both financially and for their inaccessibility. Some rare orchids will sell for $5,000 apiece. Even if you did have one, would you cut it apart for the sake of a few-day-long display?
Appealing to the inner nature lover in every flower arranger, we suggest incorporating the rare floral varieties in longer-lasting photographs and other artful displays. Sculpture, vases, images, and photographs are the main manners.
The Top Four Rare And Beautiful Flowers
The flowers we will highlight here are best left for pictures on the wall. They are rare, after all.
What screams out for its preponderance of gorgeous rarities are the little-seen beauties found only on their small tropical islands of origin. Volcanic islands seem to take the lead with rare flowers, perhaps for their elevated and fiery backdrop. Hawaii and Fiji take the top two spots followed by the Azores.
What’s Old Is New Again — The first rarity has an interesting past. Botanists who visited and studied plant life in the Azores 175 years ago had concluded there was one orchid species. In recent years, scientists decided to return to the Azores to study the rare orchid’s species.
Scientists were surprised to recognize not one, but two new rare orchids in the volcanic islands off to the west of Portugal. The Hochstetter’s butterfly orchid (Platanthera azorica) and the Platanthera micrantha orchid, also known as the narrow-lipped butterfly are the two new ones.
The next amazing beauty is found in Mauna Loa in Hawai’i’s Volcano National Park. The Silverswords are not only rare, but they are hardly ever seen despite the park hosting many visitors every year to the Kilauea volcano.
The Silverswords, also known as the Mauna Loa silversword (Argyroxiphium kauense), sits perched out of people’s view, yet in plain sight. The tall spiky stalks hit full bloom for a couple of weeks, disperse their seeds, and then lie flowerless once again. They are doubly beautiful for their flagrant appeal as well.
It turns out that the National Park rangers and other staff planted the Silversword in its natural element to flourish, rather than go extinct. They figured rightly that some places are actually out of reach of humanity’s destruction. Though, one may wonder if the volcano will agree with their conservation efforts or not.
Fiji provides the backdrop for number 4 in the list of rare flowers. Tagimaucia, or Medinilla waterhousei is akin to the rainforests of Fiji on its one island, Taveuni.
Its name means blood tears, for a Fijian tale where a girl was bad to her mother, ran off into the forest, and got lost. She ended up climbing a tree and crying blood tears.
While the more common flora and fauna of your area may provide a beautiful entryway to your guests, you may feel free to endlessly share tales of these 4 beautiful flowers that are very rare. Look beyond the rose bushes, winter berries, honeysuckle, and marigolds for your stories of exotic and intriguing flowers to share with your friends and family at the next big gathering.