National Flower of Qatar | Symbols of Qatar
The Qataf is the Official National Flower of Qatar. It is also known as Lemonium or Sea Lavender. It grows along the country’s coastal line and has beautiful pink and lilac flowers which can also be decorated inside houses and other places. The flowers are decorated almost everywhere around the city to have a beautiful view. Qataf or Limonium flower can be seen in Qatar from the months of March to May.
Sea-lavenders normally grow as herbaceous perennial plants, growing 10–70 cm tall from a rhizome; a few (mainly from the Canary Islands) are woody shrubs up to 2 meters tall. The leaves are simple, entire to lobed, and from 1–30 cm long and 0.5–10 cm broad. Easy to grow, Sea Lavender performs best in full sun in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established.
Qataf or Limonium is a genus of about 150 species of annuals, biennials, perennials, and subshrubs grown for their sprays of papery flowers in summer and autumn. The genus has a subcosmopolitan distribution in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North America. They are native to coasts, salt marshes, and deserts around the world, and therefore need sandy or stony soil. Grow in a border, cutting garden, coastal garden, or rock garden, depending on species size.
This flower symbolizes success, beauty, sympathy, and remembrance. The profound meaning of Limonium conveys ‘’I miss you’’ when you give these flowers to someone you are fond of. Limonium blooms in spring and summer. They come in an incredible range of colors such as blue, lilac, yellow, white, pink, and purple.
Benefits and Uses
The plant has been used in herbal remedies to treat diarrhea, chronic gonorrhea, gleet, leucorrhoea, chronic dysentery, atonic dyspepsia, pulmonary hemorrhage, chronic laryngitis, and bronchorrhea. Limonium flowers are one of the best everlasting and dried flowers. They are long-lasting in the vase, whether fresh or dried, and retain much of their color when dried. The plant has great value both as a fresh-cut flower and in dried flower arrangements.