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National flowers by country and the history behind them.

The Sunflower: National Flower of Ukraine

Flowers in Ukraine: Introduction

Flowers have always played an important role in Ukrainian culture. So much so, they’ve named the sunflower the national flower of Ukraine. The love for flowers in Ukraine started back when blooming plants were an integral part of many aspects of people’s lives. Ukrainians wove sunflowers into wreaths for girls during celebrations, embroidered them on fabric and clothes, carved them on wooden furniture and household items, and even painted them on walls. The flowers that embellished dresses and shirts didn’t have a merely decorative meaning. People also used them to protect the wearer against evil spirits, bad fortune and illness. Embedded in national folklore, you can find sunflowers in traditional Ukrainian songs, poetry, and art.

The Sunflower: National Flower of Ukraine

The Rose: National Flower of the United States

It’s probably not a surprise that the rose is the national flower of the United States. What might surprise you is roses have been around for about 35 million years! They grow naturally, and even wild) all around North America. This symbol of love and beauty has played a significant role in mythology, history, and poetry since ancient times. It inspired the greatest minds for centuries and still fascinates in the modern day.

National Flower of the United States

Russia’s National Flower: Chamomile

Russia’s national flower, the chamomile, is an adorable little bloom with highly recognizable snow white petals and bright yellow center. Russia made its official declaration about the flower in 1998. Its name comes from Greek and means “earth apple.” However, it was first cultivated in Russia and some parts of Asia. Found almost everywhere on the vast territory of the country, the flower is deeply rooted in the Russian culture.

Chamomile has always played an important role in the life of the people who used it for many different purposes, from treating various health conditions to enjoying its mild taste in drinks. To this day, Chamomile tea is a staple in every family and a great idea for a gift to Russia. Without further ado, here’s our guide to everything you need to know about Russia’s national flower: the chamomile.

Russia’s National Flower: Chamomile -- Russian Flora Blog

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