The world is full of flowers. They are all beautiful and are incredibly unique. Some are like cousins, with similar thorns and petals. Some share colours for attracting pollinating insects. All of them have found a special place in the hearts and minds of people from different parts of the world.
Did you know that every country in the world has a national flower? These are often symbolic of the nation’s history, culture and the people themselves. There are far too many countries to go through every single one and talk about them in this blog post. So here are some favourites and special ones you may not even know of!
The Indian Lotus
Starting with one some may know, the Lotus is sacred to the Indian people. It represents a symbol of detachment and beauty. It is associated with the goddess Saraswati, who sits upon it in many Hindu texts.
This luxury flower grows from mirk and mud to float atop the water. The beauty from ugliness is massively symbolic in Asian art and religion.
Not only is it beautiful to look at, but these flower roots are edible! And have been enjoyed as a culinary treat for centuries.
The Japanese Chrysanthemum and Cherry Blossom
Japan is unique for many reasons. One of them is that they have two national flowers rather than one!
The Chrysanthemum is deeply tied to the imperial family. The emperor is worshipped as a descendent of the sun goddess Amaterasu. This makes Chrysanthemums not just a luxury flower, but deeply sacred.
Cherry blossoms too are deeply linked to Japan. Blooming every two years, they represent new life and rebirth for the people of Japan.
The Japanese celebration of Hanami is an important time for people across Japan. Everyone gathers under cherry trees for picnics and parties to cherish the transient beauty of the flowers.
The Portuguese Lavender
Did you know that Portuguese custom dictates placing a lavender piece under their pillow? The reason is that lavender has a great sedative effect, the smell a calming thing.
This has made lavender a luxury flower in the hot and often humid region of Portugal. Where sleep is difficult, the flower aids.
It is not just a way to get to bed easier! It is a herb placed in houses across the country. It is used in cosmetics, health products, and even in cooking, being a cousin of mint.
If you are looking for environmentally friendly flowers, lavender is a terrific example.
The Tudor Rose of England
After our short trip of the world, we finally come home to our English roses.
Roses have had a long history in medieval heraldry, being a symbol of luxury ever since the Romans.
During the 1400s, the now-infamous “Wars of the Roses” raged, between the Red Rose of Lancaster and the White Rose of York. Two royal houses claimed the throne of England.
This 100-year civil war resulted in the flower we now see on all our rugby kits. The Tudor rose, a symbol of unity and equality between all people.
Fill the World with Flowers with Us
Find these flowers beautiful? So do we. That’s why we’re dedicated to our mission of planting environmentally friendly flowers everywhere we go!
Our farms in Ecuador create carbon-neutral roses that travel all over the world.
Why not get a mixed set of Roses with us? Get a symbol of English history centuries old.