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.