Revealed - Britain's favourite flower

The humble garden rose has been revealed as Britain's favourite flower.

The popular garden bloom, traditionally offered as a romantic gesture, topped the poll of 2,000 UK adults - fending off competition from lilies which nabbed second spot.

Yorkshire and Lancashire’s emblem also overcame spring-time favourites, the tulip and the daffodil which came third and fourth.

But despite being our favourite bloom, a third of Brits don’t know roses are England’s national flower.

And four in 10 respondents are clueless daffodils are Wales’ national bloom - and a third are unaware Scotland’s flower is the thistle.

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    The findings emerged in a study commissioned by low cost airline and holiday company Monarch to launch its new European destinations, Porto, Stockholm, Zagreb and Valencia.

    Sunflowers came fifth in the poll and orchids secured sixth position - while petrol station staples, carnations are the seventh most popular flower in the UK.

    Although considered by some to be weeds, daisies and dandelions appear in the list too - coming 17th and 29th respectively.

    While other flowers to appear in the list include freesias, bluebells and poppies - in addition to hyacinths and snowdrops.

    And nine in 10 women said they have a favourite flower - compared to 70 per cent of men.

    The research also looked at what Brits most associate with having a ‘holiday feeling’ - with the sound of the ocean and the smell of sun cream featuring.

    UK adults also connect palm tree-lined streets and local flowers with being on holiday.

    The survey also found three in 10 Brits think giving flowers is one of the nicest ways to brighten someone’s day.

    This was revealed after Monarch gifted commuters in London and Birmingham with fresh flowers and free flight tickets as part of its Year of Nice campaign.


    1. Roses

    2. Lilies

    3. Tulip

    4. Daffodil

    5. Sunflower

    6. Orchid

    7. Carnation

    8. Bluebell

    9. Freesia

    10. Poppy

    11. Sweetpea

    12. Snowdrops

    13. Lilly of the Valley

    14. Gerbera

    15. Peony

    16. Dahlia

    17. Daisy

    18. Foxglove

    19. Magnolia

    20. Iris

    21. Forget-me-not

    22. Violets

    23. Pansy

    24. Chrysanthemum

    25. Lilac

    26. Snapdragon

    27. Lupin

    28. Hyacinth

    29. Dandelion

    30. Hydrangea