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May
2
2016
May Flowers
Author: Gnaana

Kids: Can you name these 6 flowers? We picked these 6 flowers because of their strong connection to India. Let’s learn a little about them!

1. Jasmine – Jasminum sambac

It’s not just the name of Aladdin’s sweetheart. This flower is also known as the “Belle of India” and the “Queen of flowers.”  It’s native to India, and its fragrance is synonymous with the country. There are over 100 varieties of jasmine, and its season can stretch up to 10 months. Jasmine flowers are worn by women and girls in their hair, used to decorate rangoli, and sometimes used to flavor tea.

2. Marigold – Calendula officinalis

Although marigolds are staple flowers in India – especially at weddings and festival – this flower was actually introduced into India by the Portuguese in the 16th century. It is one of the most cultivated flower in India, with Calcutta being the hub of production.

3. Hibiscus – Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

These tropical flowers are commonly found in household gardens. It is said that the red hibiscus brings good luck. Hibiscus flowers are also used in Hindu prayers – as an offering to Lord Ganesha or the Goddess Kali.

4. Himalayan Blue Poppy – Meconopsis betonicifolia

This flower has quite a story. The rare blue color is so prized that an English botanist named Francis Kingdon-Ward spent nearly 50 years of life in the region, and his crowning achievement was that he was the first to collect viable seeds of this flower. Later, more blue poppy seedpods were collected by George Leigh Mallory in 1922 during a failed attempt at climbing Mt. Everest (he died, but the seeds made their way back to England)!

5. Lotus – Nelumbo nucifera

How can words describe the beauty and symbolism of India’s National Flower? This flower of the gods is also sliced, salted, fried, and eaten as a side dish.

6. Kanakambaram – Crossandra infundibuliformis

Commonly referred to as the “firecracker flower,” kanakambaram is native to South India. The beautiful orange-apricot shade of this flower is hard to replicate. They are often paired with jasmine flowers and worn by women and girls in their hair.

 

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