7 Prettiest Flowers in the World

Sacred Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera): The sacred lotus is one of the few flowers that also serve as religious symbols. It floats slightly above the water like a serene pink boat, with its stalk and roots reaching deep into the dirt in the dark waters beneath.

Pompon Dahlia (Dahlia variabilis pompon): Dahlia blooms are a gardener's favourite since they come in a variety of colours. Consider how each petal of this pom-pom-shaped variation is fashioned and positioned uniformly in a near-perfect spherical.

Calla Lily (Zantedeschia): If you want your flowers to have a legendary lineage, the calla lily is claimed to have originated in the breast milk of none other than the Greek goddess Hera, wife of Zeus.

Sweet Juliet Rose (Rosa ausleap): David Austin designed the Sweet Juliet, which cost 15 years and $3 million, with maxed-out petals and a sweet tea scent. When he introduced the rose, everyone fell madly in love.

Lavender (Lavandula lavandin): Tiny lavender flowers smell great, and seeing millions of them in a field, say in Provence, France, creates an utterly sublime effect.

Teddy Bear Sunflower (Helianthus annuus): Whoever named this bloom got it exactly right. It's rare to look at a flower and think "cosy," but the teddy bear sunflower begs to be cuddled.

White Batflower (Tacca integrifolia): The tropical white batflower is breathtaking, but you'll need to stay up late to see it. Once the stalk reaches about three feet above its massive leaves, it blooms at night, releasing its wild tendrils and revealing its white and dark purple petals.