What Is The National flower of Haiti?
Hibiscus is the unofficialnational flowerof Haiti. Hibiscus rosa- sinensis is the scientific name of Hibiscus and in Haitian language it is called rose Cayenne. It also known as China rose. Rosa-sinensis means rose of china but it is not related to rose or rosaceae family. It comes from malvaecae/mallow family. It is also called rose mallow in some part of Haiti.
It is very colorful flower with large soft petals. It is found in bulk amount all over the Haiti. Hibiscus isnative to Asian tropical region. Some of the reasons which made the hibiscus the national flower of Haiti are it is most populous, multiple benefit in health and food, extra ordinary color and easy grow though out the country.
Hibiscus is found in various color and every color indicate different symbol. It has religious history too. According to the Hindu mythology the red hibiscus is the flower of Goddess Kaali and appears commonly in her depictions in the art of India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. It is also used asthe offering flower (Anjali call in Bengali language) to the GoddesssKaaliand Lord Ganesha in Hindu worship. Hibiscus is the symbol of Life, courage and rapid growth of the nation.Because of all these aspectspeople of Haiti enormously love hibiscus and it is made the National flower symbol of Haiti.
Facts about National Flower Haiti (Hibiscus)
- Common Name: Hibiscus or China rose
- Genus: Hibiscus
- Species: rosa-sinensis
- Found in: Native to Tropical region of Asia
- Color: White, pink, red, dark pink
- Number of petals: 5
- Form of the tree: Triangular, columnar, V-shape, weeping, flat-topped
- Time of blooming: Summer and autumn
- Purpose: Ornamental
- Symbolism: Life, courage and rapid growth of the nation.
The national flower of Haiti hibiscusis called the “Queen of Tropical Flowers” though it is grown wildly in the world’s tropical, sub-tropical and warm temperate regions as ornamental plant. Hibiscus is a small tree with evergreen shrub, glossy single stem leaves. It grows up to 8 feet. As it is a diverse genus hibiscus made around 220 species of flowers with five bright colors like red, white, pink. Purple and yellow. Hibiscus rosa- sinensisor ‘China rose’ is the most popular among its 220 variety.
People have been fencing and ornamenting their gardens by planting hibiscus tree for many years. The Tahitian and Hawaiian girls have traditionally worn hibiscus which has a secret symbolic indication. The woman who wore it behind her left ear it means she is married and if she wore it on right ear it means she is single and waiting for relationship.
It grows in rich and well drained moist soil with full of sun naturally near ditches, edge of ponds and swamps. Usually the hibiscus are considered as ornamental flower, decoration of hoses and fencing gardens and beautification of lawn and premises. The hibiscus is one the great gift of Creator to His creature as it can be used for many purpose. It is the source of food andmedicinal uses. Hibiscus tea has delicious taste and caffeine free with lovely fragrance.
The dried hibiscus is edible and used as food. Hibiscus tea is renowned by various names and brands. In Australia it is Roselia, Latin America flor de Jamaica in and sorrel in Jamaica. It has lot of health benefit like: Protects Liver, Manage Blood Pressure, minimize Cholesterol, improves Digestion, Satiates Thirst, Lowers weight, Act as Anti-Inflammatory an Antibacterial Agent, Act as Antidepressant Agent and has Anti-Cancer Properties. Indian Ayurveda physicians use the hibiscus for hair loss treatment, in Philippines hibiscus roots being used as an aperitif and tonic.
The indigenous people of South Africa use hibiscus leaf for dressing septic wound. The Juice of hibiscus is very popular heath beverage in Jamaica and Mexico.To sum up, Hibiscus is the people’s favorite national flower of Haiti. Although it is an unofficial national symbol of Haiti, it symbolizes of Life, courage and rapid growth of the nation. That’s why Hibiscus is the national flower of Haiti.