Guide toNational Flowers
Here at Flying Flowers, we know that flowers are, quite simply, blooming gorgeous. I mean what’s not to love? They look fabulous and guaranteed to brighten your day. It’s where it all began for us, when some clever holidaymakers decided to send carnations home instead of postcards, the perfect way to deliver joy to doorsteps. It seems that our customers agree - we all deserve a little burst of happiness.
Our love affair with flowers is deeply rooted in our history. In the UK, each nation is represented by a national flower which have been chosen because of their links to our heritage – so much so they were included in the Coronation Emblem for King Charles III . It’s not just us here in the UK who are mad about our national flower, the rest of the world is at it too. There’s even a National Flower Day (it’s celebrated on 21st March just in case you wanted to know).
Jump on board and let us give you a whistlestop tour of the world with our guide to national flowers.
National Flowers of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland
ENGLAND'S NATIONAL FLOWER
Scotland's national flower
Ireland’s national flower
National Flowers of Europe
Germany's national Flower
Belgium & Poland NATIONAL FLOWER
France national flower
National Flowers of Asia
Sometimes a national flower is chosen not from its links to events in the past, but simply because it represents the attitude and cultural heritage of the country. This is the case with the national flower of Singapore. In 1981 the Ministry of Culture wanted to select a flower that would create a sense of pride within the nation. After a lot of discussions, which looked at over 40 types of flowers, they chose an Orchid called Vanda Miss Joaquim for its resilience and year-round ability to flower.
Head inland and we find that the national flower of India is the Lotus. This bloom is sacred in their country and has long been tied to its heritage, history and culture. This isn’t the only country which links its flower to its culture. Over in Sri Lanka, the Blue Water Lily is linked to Buddhist tradition. It is said that when Buddha died these flowers appeared wherever he had walked during his life.
INDIA'S NATIONAL FLOWER
The Lotus Flower
SINGAPORES NATIONAL FLOWER
SRI LANKA'S NATIONAL FLOWER
The Blue Water Lily
SOUTH KOREA'S NATIONAL FLOWER
Going even further back in time we head to South Korea with their flower, the Mugunghwa. Also known as the Rose of Sharon, this one has been an important flower since around 108 BC when it was treasured as a blossom from heaven. Even today, this flower holds a deep affection in its culture for its resilience and ability to grow in the harshest of conditions. No wonder it has earned the meaning ‘eternal blossom that never fades.’
National Flowers of Africa
Sometimes a national flower is chosen because it is a flower that is native to the country. This is certainly the case for the national flower of Mauritius, the Ruizia Boutoniana (previously known as Trochetia Toutoniana). This incredibly rare flower can only be found in the wild growing in a specific location on the island. Thankfully cultivation of this plant by botanist Joseph Gueho in 1973 has helped keep this plant going.
National flower of Mauritius
The Ruizia Boutoniana
National Flowers of Namibia
The Welwitschia Mirabilis
This next one is in fact a succulent and not a flower, again chosen as it is native to the country. Welwitschia Mirabilis was chosen for Namibia because the incredibly rare and endangered plant can only be found growing on one small stretch of land. The area runs between the Kuiseb River (which is in Namibia) to Mossamedes (which is in southern Angola).
National Flowers of North America
Saint Kitts & Nevis NATIONAL FLOWER
Bermuda national flower
Cuba national Flower
National Flowers of South America
National flowers in this region have been chosen by each country for entirely different reasons. In Argentina, they chose Ceibo as their national flower because of its importance to their culture. While in Colombia they chose the Cattleya Orchid because the blue, yellow and red colours of the flower are found in their flag. It also helps that the plant was named after a famous Colombian botanist, Jose Jeronimo Triana.
National flowers of Argentina
National Flower of Columbia
The Cattleya Orchid
National Flower of Guyana
The Giant Water Lily
National flower of Venezuela
The Orchid Cattleya Mossiae
When Guyana gained their independence in 1966, they chose the Giant Water Lily as their national flower. This is due to the fact the plant was first discovered in the Berbic region of Guyana. Whereas Venezuela decided on the Orchid Cattleya Mossiae because it represents the natural beauty of their country.
National Flowers of Oceania
Head south and we find quite a few countries sharing the same flowers. Take the beautiful Hibiscus for example, this one is the national flower of Micronesia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Norfolk Island. While heading over to Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Tuvalu and the Northern Mariana Islands and you find they have adopted different varieties of Plumeria as their national flower.
National Flower of Micronesia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu & Norfolk Island The Hibiscus
National Flower of Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Tuvalu and the Northern Mariana The Plumeria
The National Flower of New Zealand and New Caledonia
National Flower of Austrailia
The Golden Wattle
Over in New Zealand and New Caledonia and they share Kowhai as their national flower. Although technically not an official national flower for New Zealand, Kowhai has been adopted because of its strong links to Māori. They would use the plant to make yellow dye and for medicine.
Finishing off our world tour we look at Australia’s national flower, the Golden Wattle. This one is found growing across the country this tough plant can withstand droughts, winds and bushfires. It’s no wonder it has been chosen because it symbolises the unity and resilient spirit of Australians.
We hope you’ve enjoyed going on our flower tour of the globe. Although we don’t deliver internationally, you can still spread joy to every corner of the UK with our flower bouquets.
A Guide To All National Flowers
|UK & ROI||Scotland||Thistle|
|Finland||Lily of the Valley|
|Montenegro||Either Mimosa or Carnation|
|Serbia||Lily of the Valley|
|North Macedonia||Opium Poppy|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Golden Lily|
|Vatican City (Holy See)||Easter Lily|
|Uzbekistan||Cotton Flower or Tulip|
|Sri Lanka||Blue Water Lily|
|South korea||Rose of Sharon|
|Bhutan||Himalayan Blue Poppy|
|Africa||Burkina Faso||red rose|
|Sao Tome||Porcelain Rose|
|Cabo Verde||Gerbera Daisy|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||Protea|
|Republic of Congo||None|
|Gambia||White Variety Orchid|
|Mozambique||Maroon Bell Bean|
|Botswana||Kalhari Devil’s Claw|
|North America||Antigua & Barbuda||Daggers Log|
|Barbados||Pride of Barbados|
|British Virgin Islands||White Cedar Flower|
|Costa Rica||Purple Country Girl|
|Cayman Islands||Wild Banana Orchid|
|Guatemala||White Nun Orchid|
|Dominican republic||Bayahibe Rose|
|El Salvador||Flor De Izote|
|Puerto Rico||Flor de Maga|
|Saint Kitts & Nevis||Poinciana|
|Saint Lucia||Rose and Marguerite|
|Saint Pierre and Miquelon||None|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Soufriere Tree|
|Saint Eustatius||Statis Morning Glory|
|Trinidad & Tobago||Chaconia|
|Turks & Caicos Islands||Heather|
|United States Virgin Islands||White Cedar|
|Brazil||Chrysostricha (Golden Trumpet Tree)|
|Falkland Islands||The Pale Maiden|
|South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands||None|
|Venezuela||Orchid Cattleya Mossiae|
|Norfolk Island||Hibiscus or Phreatia Limenophylax|
|Marshal Islands||Plumeria Frangipanis|
|Northern Mariana Islands||Plumeria|
|Samoa||Tequila Torch Ginger|
|American Samoa||Paogo (Ulafala) Pandanus Tectorius|
|Cook Islands||Tiare Maori (Gardenia)|
|French Polynesia||Tahitian Gardenia|
|New Zealand||No official flower but Kowhai is widely regarded as their national flower|
|Papua New Guinea||Dendrobium|
|Tonga||Red blossomed Heilala|
|Christmas Island||Hoya Aldrichii|
|Pitcairn Islands||Abutilon Pitcairnense|
|Wallis and Futuna Islands||None|