Cultural history at its best—the engaging, lively, and definitive story of the beauty, sexuality, ecology, myths, lore, and economics of the world’s flowers, written by a passionately devoted author and scientist, and illustrated with his stunning photographs. Flowers, and the fruits that follow, feed, clothe, sustain, and inspire all humani-ty. They have done so since before recorded history. Flowers are used to cele-brate all-important occasions, to express love, and are also the basis of global industries. Americans buy ten million flowers a day and perfumes are a world-wide industry worth $30 billion dollars annually. Yet, we know little about flow-ers, their origins, bizarre sex lives, or how humans relate and depend upon them.