Thursday, June 29, 2006


Cultivation and uses of Sampaguita Flowers- It is widely grown throughout the tropics as an ornamental plant for its strongly scented flowers. Numerous cultivars have been selected, including some with double flowers.
It is the national flower of the Philippines, adopted by the Philippine government in 1937. In the Philippines, the flowers are picked and made into necklaces and oils that are sold in stores, streets, and in churches. People in the Philippines use garlands of this flower to hang on religious images in home altars and churches..
Besides the Philippines, it is also the national flower of Indonesia, which was adopted by Indonesian government in 1990 along with Moon Orchid (Phalaenopsis amabilis) and Rafflesia arnoldii. In Indonesia, the flower symbolizes purity, eternal love and noble. It is also symbolizes the beauty of a girl. The flower commonly used in religious or cultural manner especially in Java and Bali. It is nicknamed puspa bangsa (nation flower or people flower) by the government.


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