Each country has its own national plant or flower. With the help of it, you can not only reflect the culture of a city, but also demonstrate its history.
The concept of "national flower" appeared much earlier than flags began to be used in countries. Then the plant played a big role and with the help of it countries were distinguished. However, even now flowers have not become less popular in the international arena and are often considered “logos” of certain countries.
Floral symbols of different countries
As mentioned above, there are a lot of countries, the same number of floral symbols:
In Bulgaria, a rose is considered a symbol. There is even a brand of cosmetics that are made on the basis of a rose, and the popular rose oil is also produced there, which is added to perfume. The flower was often mentioned in the history of the country and even found its reflection in the culture of Bulgaria.
The lotus is popular in India. In this case, there is no need to pay attention to its external characteristics. The flower is famous for its philosophy. It means not only a life, but also a creative and spiritual path. An interesting fact is that even in many paintings women are holding a lotus in their hands, which speaks of its power and healing properties.
Sakura is considered the national flower in Japan. The tree is considered a symbol of spring, which means youth and youth. Despite the fact that sakura is a relative of cherries, it does not bear fruit. However, its extracts are used to make cosmetics and fragrances.
In China, it is believed that the peony brings harmony, love and happiness to the house. The flower is used not only in cooking, but also in medicine. Chinese creators not only depicted a peony on canvas, but also on clothes. It's funny that in the country the plant symbolizes innocence, bashfulness and love.
In Ukraine, the poppy is considered a symbol. Rumor has it that the plant will sprout exactly where the star fell. Chamomiles and poppies have always been depicted in paintings and pottery. Plants not only made excellent compositions and presented them as gifts, but also made wreaths out of them for the holidays. People even wondered on daisies, although even now many are doing this.
In Germany, the cornflower is considered a flower symbol. The plant was mandatory at almost every German feast. And the emperor and his mother doted on this flower.
In Scotland, people worship the thistle. You can often hear about this plant from Scottish stories. After all, it was this flower that once saved the castle of Scotland from enemies.
There are other plants that are the national symbol of this or that state. For example, France - lily, Finland - Lily of the valley, Mexico - dahlia, etc.
What do flowers mean in ancient and medieval countries?
In ancient Rome and Greece, flowers played an important role. Each of the plants had its own symbolic meanings. For example, statues of Zeus were decorated with oak branches, and olive branches were a symbol of Athena.
Flowers were often brought to knights, competition winners and generals. At the same time, preference was given not only to compositions from plants, but to wreaths, which were famous all over the world.
Already in the Middle Ages, flowers were associated with religious symbols. They were used to decorate not only churches, but also monasteries. Most often, in the temples one could see red rose petals, which signified the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Iris symbolized suffering and anguish.
And during festivals and national holidays, girls adorned their robes with wildflowers. Preference was given to lavender, as well as herbs such as mint and dill.