Written by Kyla Stewart
Flowers are the purest symbol of natural beauty. With over 400,000 types of flowering plants in the world and endless subspecies, we’re fortunate to call this fantastic planet home.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or want to capture a piece of this beauty at home, here are some of the most beautiful flowers worldwide to consider.
While lavender has become relatively commonplace, that doesn’t negate it's inherent beauty. These delicate violet stalks are amazing to behold, especially when swaying together in an endless field.
In addition to being beautiful, lavender is one of the most useful and versatile plants. Lavender epitomises the healing power of flowers. The subtle aroma is proven to positively impact stress and anxiety levels and is often used in aromatherapy for that purpose. This bloom is also easy to dry and turn into a long-lasting floral arrangement or potpourri.
The lotus flower is perhaps the most symbolic bloom in history. This beautiful water lily is held dear in Eastern religions and symbolises purity and enlightenment. It’s no wonder that so many wellness brands use this flower to symbolise what they offer.
While the bloom itself is lovely, there’s something extra captivating about the fact that it grows in the water. The petals also open one by one, adding to the mystery of this world-famous flower.
Magnolias are one of the most ancient species of flowers that still bloom today. These blooms predate the evolution of bees and are believed to be the reason beetles evolved to become pollinators. While these blooms look delicate, they’re quite tough to protect the plant from damage caused by beetles’ abrasive legs.
Unlike other flowers on this list, magnolias grow on a tree rather than individual stalks. While they’re relatively easy to grow and care for, their flowering period is fleeting. Perhaps it’s the short period of enjoyment that makes these petals so beautiful.
While it seems counterintuitive that a flower named after bats could be beautiful, these exotic florals are enchanting. These dark blossoms are endemic to Southeast Asia, getting their name for their bat-like shape. This unusual flower grows to be a foot in diameter, with whiskers growing up to two feet long.
While the bat flower is typically black, there’s a rare strain of white blooms with bright purple whiskers that’s otherworldly. If you live in a cold climate, you can grow this perennial flower indoors with some extra TLC.
The lady slipper is an endangered bloom that’s native to Eastern Canada. What makes this rare, protected flower even more beautiful is that you can often find plenty growing deep in the wooded trails in Nova Scotia.
This subspecies of orchid is named for its appearance, which is reminiscent of a ballet slipper. If you’re lucky enough to stumble across this bloom, look but don’t touch.
White Egret Orchid
Did you know that some flowers take on a bird-like appearance to deter predatory insects? The white egret orchid is one such bloom. This frilly flower looks like a white dove gently landing on a branch. Typically found in Northeast Asia, this flower is difficult to grow in Western gardens but thrives indoors.
Nature is full of mysteries. As you look at these incredible florals, take some time to appreciate the science behind their appearance; that’s perhaps the most beautiful aspect of all.