Ministers have racked up a $52,000 bill for flowers in the first 11 months of the National-led Government.

Finance Minister Bill English spent $4051 on flowers from January to November - double the amount of most of his ministerial colleagues and second only to the Prime Minister, who spent $5503.

It was also double the $1928 spent on flowers by Mr English's predecessor Michael Cullen over the same period in 2008.

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