Egypt FLOWER - FLOWER IN EGYPT

           

  

 

 

           

 

 

Egypt Flower - Flower in Egypt

 

Egypt Flower - Flower in Egypt

 

Even from the ancient times, the Egyptians loved the flowers. Today in Egypt are numerous flower shops and exports many species of flowers.

 

It seems that the national plants of a country were recognized in Egypt, were the Lotus was the symbol of Upper Egypt and the Papyrus the symbol of the Lower Egypt. And, also,

Egypt it believed to be the first country to make the artificial flowers, from resistant materials.

The two flowers were a part of the Nile Valley` s vegetation. The lotus was also planted by Egyptians in the pools that were made by men.

 

In the Nile grew two types of lotus (also known as water lilies): the white lotus and the blue lotus differing one from the other by their color, the flower` s petals and the fragrance`s intensity.

 

For the ancient Egyptians, the water lilies were the symbol of regeneration and of the rebirth, two significant concepts in the ancient Egypt` s religion.

The two flowers remained the symbolic plants of Egypt in the Pharaohs times and in the New Kingdom there were new plants planted, that were brought from another countries and that necessitated bigger quantities of water.Among these plants were the red poppy and the cornflower (a kind of chamomile) that were brought from the Palestinian area and from Asia Minor and that were depicted on the buildings` walls and floors. In the Temple of Amun from Karnak and in the botanical garden of Tuthmosis III were paintings of flowers like arum, iris and dragonwort, which were also foreign flowers.

 

 In the 18th Dynasty, the Egyptians used to wear big faience collars made from flowers like blue lotus, cornflower, white lotus and some fruits as well as green leafs of olive tree, of pomegranate, of persea, of wild celery and of Egyptian willow.

 

The beautiful flowers of cornflowers, blue lotus and bitterrweed were also used at collars.
During the New Kingdom the mummies were adorned with a flowers garland like the one found with the Tutankhamun`s mummy.

Egypt Lotus
 

The garlands were made from white acacia, the hairy willow herb, the Nile acacia, the chrysanthemum and the sesban.

 

 

 

There were also used flowers from Palestine and Asia Minor such as safflowers, hollyhock and delphinium. The mummies garlands from the 20th Dynasty included flowers of henna bush brought from East Africa and from the Indian Ocean's costal regions.

 
Egypt Flower - Flower in Egypt

 Other flowers used at the mummy garlands were the ones of wild celery, of mint and of dill. In the present times, the Egypt flowers are also loved and important. Egypt is an important exporter of numerous types of plants and flowers especially to Europe; the flower export is about 600 tones on year.
In Egypt are many places where the tourists can enjoy the beauty of the flowers, like the Botanical Island from Aswan, with various trees, semi-equatorial and equatorial plants. In Cairo, at the Agricultural Museum, is a huge collection of many types of flowers.

 

 

 

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