What Is The National Flower of Palestine?
Palestinian Poppy is the national flower of Palestine. The scientific name of the Palestinian Poppy is Anemone coronaria. Palestinian Poppy, Palestine’s national flower, is commonly known as Spanish marigold, wind poppy (daughter of wind). The flower originally comes from Ranunculaceaefamily (buttercup family).
Very few flowers have played such a significant role in religion, politics and medicine as the poppy. These bright deep colored flowers have often enchanted poets and helped the doctors for centuries. The national flower of Palestine, Palestinian Poppy, not only contains medicinal and edible qualities, but also this flower symbolizes very deep emotions.
Facts about Palestine’s National Flower (Palestinian Poppy)
- Common Name: Palestinian Poppy, Wind Poppy, Spanish Marigold.
- Genus: Anemone
- Species: Coronaria
- Found in: Countryside of Eastern Europe
- Color: Red
- Number of petals: 4 to 8
- Time of blooming: December to May
- Purpose: Agricultural and medicinal uses.
- Symbolism: Death, remembrance and consolation
Palestine is the country of wildflower and it is wealthiest country in the world for the variety of wildflowers. There to be find more than 1,000 different kinds of flowering plants with in the radius of Jerusalem. If there are plentiful rains in Palestine, the Palestinian Poppy grows frequently where the freedom and please for with their beauty naturally indigenous. There are 100 type of species of anemones have already been identified throughout the world. The Palestinian Poppy is the plants of perennial herbs. It is usually are in white, deep red, darkish purple and yellow. Basically yellow is exists but very rare and uncommon.
It is said to have sprung from the blood of Adonis; Romans considered it valuable in preventing fever; it has been applied for bruises and freckles; for some it is tainted with evil and by the Chinese it has been associated with death. This poppy is noteworthy as an agricultural weed (hence the common names including “corn” and “field”). Before the beginning of herbicides,sometimes was so plentiful in agricultural fields that it could be mistaken for a crop. In the northern hemisphere it generally flowers in late spring, but if the weather is warm enough other flowers frequently appear at the beginning of autumn. It grows up to about 70 cm in height.
The flowers are large and showy, about 50 to 100 mm across. The flower stem is usually covered with coarse hairs that are held at right angles to the surface. The Palestinian Poppy is the national flower symbol of Palestine. Growing in fields and waste places, these beautiful flowers are mildly numbing and sedative, and have long been used in European herbal medicine, particularly for ailments in children and the elderly. Used mostly as a mild pain reliever and as a treatment for prickly coughs, Red Poppy also reduces nervous over activity.
Bright and valiant, the magnificent beauty of poppies is something to behold. But this bloom does more than light up any countryside. It also serves as an important symbol to the veterans lost in the World War I and is used in honoring those that have been lost. In the Memorial Day parade, people are handed a red poppy made from crepe paper showing consolation to the dead. This tradition dates back to 1915 when the entire European villages were shattered in battle.
It is also the national flower of many countries that varies color and species. The Red Poppy or common Poppy is the national flower of Poland, Belgium and Albania. It is also native to Palestine. Red Poppy is the painful symbol of blood shading in Gaza valley or east Jerusalem. After a long and gloomy winter, red poppies began to appear across the battlefields. This event led to the acceptance of red poppies as important national symbol.
P. rhoeas contains the alkaloid rhoeadine which is a placid sedative. Poppy seeds contain opium alkaloids, meaning that if poppy seeds are ingested, in the most innocent of ways, it can give false readings during a drugs test. As a result, people traveling on planes between countries are advised not to carry poppy seeds and even, they are classified as ‘prohibited goods’ in some countries. The black seeds are also edible and can be eaten either on their own or as ingredients on bread. Oil made from the seed is also highly regarded.
The petals contain a red dye which is used in some medicines and wines, also the dried petals are occasionally used to give color to potpourris. To sum up, Palestinian poppies not only decorate the countryside, they can be also be used in various ways in the day to day life. That makes these gorgeous flowers the national flower of Palestine.