Mother's Day accounts for more than one-fifth of the nation's floral purchases made for holidays, ranking second only to Christmas, according to the Society of American Florists.
Of flowers purchased for Mother's Day, 40 percent are cut flowers, 37 percent are outdoor bedding and gardening plants, and 22 percent are flowering and green houseplants.
During the Victorian era, flowers were used as means to communicate with suitors. Love, kindness and interest were conveyed in a bouquet of flowers, pinned to a woman's clothing or held as she walked.
Although the red rose will always say 'I love you' to the person who receives it, 19 percent of modern-day women tend to buy flowers for themselves.
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