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Why Are These Flowers the Most Expensive in the World?

  How expensive can a flower be? Well, if you thought that a bud picked from the ground is one of nature's simpler gifts, you may be wrong. Here are the world's 10 most expensive flowers that will alter your perception of "free nature". Check out the bottom for a beautiful bonus video.
 
 
10. Lisianthus 
Flowers - Expensive - In the World
Flowers - Expensive - In the World
With a bundle of lisianthus running at $10-$35, this is one of the world's most expensive flowers. Wide, ruffled and delicate oval petals 'dipped' in violet and long, leafy stems characterize the beautiful lisianthus flower. The flower is expensive because it only keeps for two or three weeks after being cut, and cannot be frozen like many other varieties.
9. Lily of the Valley
Flowers - Expensive - In the World
Flowers - Expensive - In the World
This majestic white flower runs at about $15-$50 a bundle, but is still very popular because of its delicate look. The flower only grows once a year - during early spring - and is expensive due to its short lifespan of less than two weeks.
8. Gloriosa
Flowers - Expensive - In the World
Flowers - Expensive - In the World
A native flower of South Africa and some Asian countries, the price per flower for a single Gloriosa is about $6-$10. Its unique appearance of long tendrils and red, orange and yellow petals is what makes the flower unique, as well as its scarcity in many locations around the world.
7. Hydrangea
Flowers - Expensive - In the World
Flowers - Expensive - In the World
One of the most popular flowers for weddings and elegant events, these colorful and full shrubs can grow to heights of between one and three meters! They are most plentiful in the early spring and late autumn, and come in an array of colors including white, blue, pink, light purple and violet. These gorgeous flowers cost about $6.50 per flower because they require a lot of effort to harvest and cultivate.
6. 17th Century Tulip Bulb
Flowers - Expensive - In the World
Flowers - Expensive - In the World
Tulips are some of the most common and simple flowers, but in the 17th Century, they were rare and extremely hard to come by. The deep colors of this particular tulip are said to be stronger than in any other flower at that time. During the 17th Century, they ran at about 10,000 guilders, or $5,725 a bunch, and today they remain a noted status symbol.
 
5. Saffron Crocus
Flowers - Expensive - In the World
Flowers - Expensive - In the World
The Saffron crocus is more famous as a spice than as a flower, but it is still one of the most stunning and expensive flowers out there. Its yellow center is what eventually becomes the highly-valued spice, saffron, but it can take up to 80,000 flowers just to create 500 grams of spice. For this reason, a pound of saffron flowers can cost between $1200-$1500!
4. Gold of Kinabalu Orchid
Flowers - Expensive - In the World
Orchids are stunning but very delicate flowers that can be grown in every climate. One of the most expensive is the Gold of Kinabalu orchid that runs at $6000 per flower and can only be found in the Kinabalu National Park in Malaysia. Also, growing this flower is more difficult than most, because it can take up to 15 years for it to bloom! 
3. Shenzhen Nongke Orchid
Flowers - Expensive - In the World
This orchid was engineered by botanists, and its name is derived from the group of researchers that conducted the experiment that made it. The researchers spent eight years growing and observing the flower, and it is expensive not only due to its rarity, conditions of cultivation and background, but also for its stunning appearance. It takes about four to five years for this orchid to blossom, and it is supposed to have a wonderful taste.
2. Juliet Rose
Flowers - Expensive - In the World
Flowers - Expensive - In the World
Deemed one of the world's most elegant and beautiful flowers, the Juliet Rose is known as the $15.8 million flower! The rose was introduced to the market in 2006 at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, and its breeder, David Austin, spent 15 years and nearly £3 million to develop the flower. Currently, a bouquet of them will run you about $150, which is by no means cheap!
1. Kadapul Flower
Flowers - Expensive - In the World
Flowers - Expensive - In the World
The native flower of Sri Lanka, the Kadupul flower is the world's most expensive because it is priceless! The Kadupul flower does not have a price tag because the moment it is picked, it usually dies. Also, every flower survives the night, but dies at dawn, which is characteristic of its cactus roots. The fragrance of the Kadupul is noted worldwide for its calming qualities, but unfortunately, unless its scent is trapped in a bottle, most will never have the chance to get a whiff. 
Bonus Video:
The Gorgeous Beauty of Flowers Opening Up
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