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Top 5 Most Expensive Flowers in the World

Flowers have always been considered a romantic gift for a loved one, as a pleasure for the eyes and the nose, they are a temporary luxury. Their frail beauty is a perfect combination of tragedy and romance, they are decadent in their lavish glory and impermanence, lasting only a few days before they wither and die. The rarer the flower, the more expensive this short lived gift becomes. Although it is not best to buy too cheaply when trying to woo someone with a bouquet, the following list pushes the financial boundaries far beyond the reach of your average romantic gesture.

5. £600 per pound – Saffron Crocus
Saffrom Crocus

Saffron Crocus is 5th place in our list, which may come as a surprise to some, as it is neither a rare nor an expensive flower. A bouquet of Saffron Crocus would cost less than a dozen roses, for example. In spite of this however, Saffron Crocus does have a rightful place on the most expensive flowers list because its stamens are cultivated to produce the spice saffron, which is the most expensive spice in the world. Saffron costs $1,000 or around £600 per pound.

4. £80,000 – Bouquet consisted of white orchids, white lilies, moonflowers and the root of a 100 year old ficus

 World's Most Expensive Wedding Bouquet

4th place goes to the most expensive wedding bouquet of all time. The bouquet consisted of white orchids, white lilies, moonflowers and the root of a 100 year old ficus. However it is not just the flower content that made this bouquet so expensive, as it also contained 90 two-carat red ruby facets, nine one-carat diamonds, and a 21.6-carat star ruby. This is cheating a little bit, but it is still a horrendously expensive bouquet costing $125,000 or around £80,000. The bouquet is still on display on the 6th floor of the Ruby Plaza in Vietnam.

3. £3,000 per flower – Gold of Kinabalu Orchid


Kinabalu Orchid

The Gold of Kinabalu Orchid, is an endangered species of orchid that can only be found in one small fenced off area in the Kinabalu National Park in Malaysia. This extremely rare flower costs up to $5,000, or £3,000 for just one stem at a time! This incredibly expensive flower is also a very impractical gift, unless of course the occasion falls between April and May, because that is the only time of year that the Gold of Kinabalu Orchid blooms.

2. £160,000 – Shenzhen Nongke Orchid

Shenzhen Nongke Orchid

The Shenzhen Nongke Orchid is a completely man-made flower that was developed during 8 years of research in agricultural science by its namesake Shenzhen Nongke Group in China. In 2005 the flower was sold at auction to an anonymous bidder for a jaw dropping 1.68 million Yuan, or £160,000. This completely unique Frankenstein flower remains the most expensive flower ever bought.

1. Priceless! – Kadupul Flower

Kadupul Flower

The Kadupul Flower is at the top of our list, even though it has never been sold for more than the other flowers in the list. The simple reason why the Kadupul Flower is the champion of the most expensive flowers in the world list is: it is completely priceless. No amount of money could ever buy this flower. It is so rare and so frail that it lives for only a few hours, and then dies. Even the local people of its native Sri Lanka seldom see this delicate beauty. Blossoming just before midnight and perishing before dawn, no one, neither orchid-lover nor oligarch, has yet been able to remove the flower from its stem to make a gift of it. Due to its incredibly short life span, this flower has become almost mythical in its status and is revered by many as the most desirable and valuable flower on earth.

Kadupul Flower

Kadupul Flower

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  1. July 25, 2011 at 10:47 am — Reply

    I must be cheap, I like the least expensive best. The vibrant colour and contours of the safron are beautiful.

  2. July 29, 2011 at 3:26 am — Reply

    The last flower reminds me of that scene from Dennis the Menace (you know the one!) And #4 is a bouquet so it can’t really be considered a flower, can it? And what about Black Lotus!!

  3. July 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm — Reply

    Ok, the Kadupul Flower or Epiphyllum Oxypetalum is not rare at all. I have one growing on my porch right now and you can buy cuttings of the plant to grow off of ebay very cheap. Just because the flowers don’t last long does not stop one from growing the plant and having them on a regular basis. I love Epiphyllums and have many.

  4. July 30, 2011 at 10:41 am — Reply

    I was web surfing through floral websites and came across this one; scrolled to the most expensive flower. Come to find out, my mom has been growing this flower for years. Every time they were about to blossom, my mom would freak out and get all excited about them. I never knew why she would do that, but now I do. And of course, I now know the name of the flower as well. Kadupul; such a beautiful name.

  5. August 29, 2011 at 10:50 am — Reply

    All flowers are really awesome but Saffron Crocus and Kadupul Flower are my favorites and they worth their cost ….also red rose no one can ignore its charm.

  6. November 3, 2011 at 4:52 am — Reply

    im joel ricaplaza from general santos city philippines, im glad that i have that one of the most rarest and priceless flowers in the world which is the Kadupul FLower…..thanks God

  7. November 30, 2011 at 8:50 am — Reply

    Wow….these flowers are soooooo precious and truly pricesless. Most of them are orchids, right? How about the Kadupul flower?

  8. February 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm — Reply

    The gardenia is a delicate flower that is very susceptible to getting bruised and damaged in transit…therefore, it is very expensive. They smell amazing and are the classic ideal in traditional wedding blooms. Are they worth the trouble and the price? That is a personal choice. Do they have a symbolic meaning for you or are you in love with their look and scent? If so, I say go for it. If you just think they are kind of pretty and it could easily be substituted with a rose or lisianthus, then never mind the extra cost for the gardenias.

  9. July 2, 2012 at 8:41 pm — Reply

    James Thornbrook has the best flower pics in the world!

  10. August 11, 2012 at 12:53 pm — Reply

    My family love Kadupul Flower too. We call it “Bunga Tengah Malam” in our country. It’s very easy to grow. It’s not even worth 1 dolar to my neighbour.

  11. December 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm — Reply

    Please, anyone who has access to the Kadupul flower, i would very much like to acquire the seeds from it. Need to butter up my boss!(she’s a flower growing psychopath!)

    • June 14, 2014 at 10:36 am — Reply

      A person who grows flowers is never a psychopath, you are absolutely wrong

    • November 7, 2014 at 9:19 am — Reply

      I do haVe a lot of kadupol flower here at home, i have white, pinkish white and pink variants…. I never thought this is the most expensive flower in the world…

  12. August 30, 2013 at 11:27 am — Reply

    this is the worst list i have ever seen 3 of the things shouldnt even be on it

  13. January 10, 2014 at 2:43 am — Reply

    In our country kadupul flower we called that queen of the night, because it will be fully bloom in midnight hour, and the smell is hunting you, you be know that this thing are blooming if you can smell the amazing fragrance. And it will open only one time.

    • September 23, 2014 at 11:54 am — Reply

      The Kadupul flower was robbed by somehow and it’s not so rare in the world,. And you are so right it has a fragrance that can’t be explained.. people believe that it’s for gods and angels who comes to feel the flower while the humans are on their beds..

  14. January 22, 2014 at 7:22 am — Reply

    Why is Waling2 orchid not here? Isn’t it expensive, too?

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