Mexico is a country with immense biodiversity. Our flora deserves great recognition, as many species were born here. The following are just some flowers that flourish in our lands.
- This flower is characterized by growing among cornfield and weeds. It has the peculiarity of being individual, which means that only one grows per bouquet. Its flowering has been used since pre-Hispanic period to prepare delicious soup.
- It dates to Pre-Columbian era, but on May 13, 1963 it was declared as the Mexico´s National Flower. It is said that these flowers were collected by Nezahualcóyotl and Moctezuma.
- Technically, it is a shrub that produces bract, as its actual flower grows the end of each branch. It is most likely to see it during December, as it is used as decoration during the holidays.
- It is perhaps the most famous Mexican flower. This outbreak has several uses that go from traditional ornaments –it is common to see it during Day of the Dead –to medicinal treatments such as insecticide to protect tomatoes, to calm cramps and intestinal parasites or as a pigment.
- It is common for its seeds to be used to prepare beverages, while its flower is used for beekeeping.
- Nopal is a subgenus of cacti and not all of them are able to flower. That is why this pod is appreciated for its rarity and beauty. As each outbreak is isolated, there is only one cocoon per nopal.
- This flower has Asian as well as European variants, but Mexican version varies from the others by the color and shape of its petals. It is used as a potent anti-inflammatory. Platanillo Its name is due to its leaf, which resembles bananas (plátanos in Spanish). Its flowering reaches up to 4 meters high and is also known as “Dragon Tongue”. It is a natural remedy for stomach aches.
Mexican uses and customs around flowers have exceeded our territory to become global symbols. Fortunately, Mexican flowers are still used in many of our traditions, which we can share to the world.