Flowers of the world: countries and their national flowers

Golden Wattle- Australia:This flower with his fragrance shrub with its tiny explosions of yellow flowers is native to Australia’s Capital territory and cemented in the country’s history.

Iris-France: The iris also called fleur de lis has been officially representing the country of France since the 12thcentury. Before that, it was the official flower of the Roman Empire’s ruling class.

Lily of the valley-Finland: This plant has tiny bell-shaped flowers that smell extremely sweet, making it a favorite in both perfumes and bridal bouquets. The flower is both a bane and blessing to gardeners. It’s a blessing because it grows in colonies and spreads quickly.

Tulips- Holland: Despite popular belief, the perky tulip comes from Hungary where it travelled along with the Ottoman Empire to Turkey before finally making its way to Holland.

Jasmine-Pakistan and Syria: The jasmine has been cultivated for thousands of years for its tiny shaped flowers and intoxicating fragrance. It’s simplicity and pure white color symbolizes purity and peace

Sunflower-Ukraine: This cheerful flower was originally cultivated in the Americas before becoming the favorite national flower of the Ukraine. In fact, 60% of the world’s sunflowers are now grown in Europe and Russia. In traditional folklore the flower signifies fertility, solar power and vigor.

Orchid-Hong Kong and Honduras: Orchids are extremely popular and widely cultivated. There are more than 25,000 different of the flower with more being discovered each day. Orchids resemble the human face in that they have a bilateral symmetry, perhaps explaining why they are so popular. These exquisitely unique flowers are prized in decorations and bouquets and are featured in a traditional beverage called “Sahlep” in Turkey. During the 16th century, the beverage made its way to London, England where it was sold in street-side stalls before the introduction of coffee.

Chery blossom-Japan: Japan is the only country on our list to claim two national flowers. Cherry blossoms bloom for just a short time, and they signify the fragile beauty of life.

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