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Million-dollar scent: These flowers cost more than a house

Thursday, May 6th 2021, 10:05 am - Consider yourself very lucky if you receive any of these flowers on Mother's Day!

While there aren't many, there are flowers that cost more than some homes. Yup, you read that right.

Here they are.

THE JULIET ROSE - $5 MILLION

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You can buy Juliet roses for far less than $5 million (a quick Google search will turn up blooms in the $50 range), but the flower is known as the “£3 million rose” because that’s how much it cost renowned rose breeder David Austin to develop the hybrid over a fifteen-year period. The rose made its debut at the Chelsea flower show in 2006, earning the name for the most expensive rose ever cultivated.

SHENZEN NONGKE ORCHID - $202,000 PER PLANT

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This man-made orchid is one of the rarest in the world, developed in a lab by the Shenzen Nongke Group. It took eight years to create. It was sold to an anonymous bidder for $202,000 at an auction in 2005.

KADAPUL FLOWER - PRICELESS

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This Sri Lankan flower is so rare it's considered priceless. It blooms once a year, if that.

The Kadupal flower only blooms at night at will most likely die if touched. By the time the sun rises, it will have withered away.

The flower is so delicate and its lifespan so short, experts say it would be impossible to purchase.

HONOURABLE MENTION: CROCUS SAFFRON - $5,000 - $10,000/POUND

This is the flower that produces saffron — one of the world's costliest spices. It takes a football field's worth of crocuses — that's about 70,000 flowers — to produce a pound of saffron. The labour-intensive production process is the reason the flower is so pricey.

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