Nature produces hundreds of beautiful flowers, because that’s how many plants reproduce. Not all natural flowers are popular; in fact, the buttery-yellow dandelion flower is considered a weed! When it comes to choosing flowers online, the best approach is to be guided by a competent florist such as zFlowers.com.As we might expect, roses are the most popular flowers, followed by Chrysanthemums, Lilies, Tulips, Narcissus and Freesias. Still other kinds are not popular worldwide, but are much loved in their respective countries or regions because of their distinctive characteristics or cultural associations. Here are some of the more frequently purchased blooms.

Alstroemeria: Alstroemeria resembles a miniature lily and is frequently used for bouquets and arrangements. It’s also called Peruvian Lily, Lily of the Incas or Parrot Lily because it grows mainly in South America, where it flourishes in about 50 species mainly from Andean regions.

Anemone: This flower’s name comes from the Greek word for wind, anemos, providing its nickname windflower. It’s so called because a breeze causes its blossoms to open wide and dead petals to blow away. The windflower grows wild in Europe, North America, and especially Japan, where the Autumn Windflower is considered especially beautiful.

Carnations: These long-lasting, fragrant blooms are among the most popular in the world. They appear in all kinds of bouquets and floral arrangements as well as boutonnieres and corsages. Like roses, Carnations are given many symbolic meanings, such as white signifying chaste love, pink meaning a mother’s love and dark red symbolizing deep passion.

Cymbidium: These orchids are among the most popular winter and spring blooms. They’re often worn as corsages at Easter. Their name comes from the Greek word “kymbe,” meaning a boat. It refers to a hollow in the flower’s lip that makes it look like a boat. Cymbidium orchids are native to tropical and subtropical Asia including the Philippines, Borneo and Northern Australia.

Daffodils: The symbol of friendship, this variety of Narcissus is popular for the extraordinary beauty of its trumpet-shaped center set against star-shaped petals. Among the varieties of “Daffs” are yellow Jonquils and White Narcissus. There are some 50 species of Daffodils native mainly to the Iberian Peninsula, Northern Africa and the Middle East.

Freesia: Prized for its sweet, entrancing fragrance, yellow or white freesias are a favorite springtime flower often used in bridal bouquets. All 14 Freesia species originate in Africa, and 12 of those are native to South Africa’s Cape Province. The flower was named for its developer, Dr. Freese (1785-1876), who was a native of Kiel, Germany.

Gladiolus: Spectacular is the only description for this stunning African native, which comes in more colors than a rainbow. “Glads” flourish in some 260 different species, 10 of which are native to Eurasia, while the remaining 250 originate mostly in South Africa. The Gladiolus signifies remembrance, character and faithfulness.

These are only a few of the many popular blossoms available when purchasing flowers online. A competent florist such as ReadyFlowers.com can give guidance on which bouquets or floral arrangements will make the best impression for any occasion.