May Flowers!

April showers bring May flowers. May Day is celebrated in May with baskets or bouquets of flowers that are given to friends, family and neighbors. In celebration, here are a few fun flower facts!
• The spice saffron comes from the fall-flowering crocus.
• Flower vegetables include cauliflower, artichokes, and broccoli.
• The daisy’s name came about because the flower’s yellow center resembles the sun. It was called the “day’s eye,” which evolved over time into “daisy.”
• In 1986, Congress voted to make the rose the national flower of the United States.
• The rose family also includes pears, apples, cherries, plums, peaches, apricots and almonds.
• A rosebush growing at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Hildesheim, Germany, is thought to be the world’s oldest at more than 1,000 years.
• The earliest known flower is Archaefructus sinensis. Scientists discovered the fossilized flower in northeast China and believe it bloomed about 125 million years ago.
• Although dandelions are considered weeds, they are nutritious. The flowers and leaves are a good source of vitamins A and C, iron, calcium and potassium.
• Cut tulips will continue growing in a vase. They can grow up to another 3 inches.

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