Never underestimate the mighty flower. These beautiful buds have adorned the finest palaces and halls of royalty, while others were considered so rare and exquisite they surpassed gold in value. Today the floral industry generates more than $30 billion in the US alone, but what makes flowers so popular? In this infographic we take a look at some of the interesting facts, figures and surprising history about why, when and for whom we buy flowers.

Flower power