1983: Choosing the right flowers for Valentine's Day

Posted at 5:30 AM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 05:30:30-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The red rose has long reigned supreme among its fellow floral friends, and it may be most apparent on Valentine’s Day.

Despite its petal pushing majesty, former RTV6 reporter Derrik Thomas sought to find alternative flowers that would deliver the same romantic punch in this report from Feb. 1983.

Thomas found some alternatives to the rose, including:

  • Cyclamen: Heart-shaped flowers in shades of pink, red, and white, offering a sweet scent.
  • Freesia: Colorful funnel-shaped flowers delivering a pleasant scent.
  • Azaleas: Large pink, white, red, and burgundy flowers that last for several weeks.
  • Cineraria: flowers in many shades of blue, red, white, pink, and violet.