Blue Poppy is the National flower of Bhutan. Located under the magnificent Himalayan, Blue Poppy is a delicate blue or violet stained blossom with white thread. Mostly found on a rocky terrain these flowers grow up to 1 meter in length. At one time Blue Poppies were considered to be a myth. These magical flowers were discovered by George Leigh Mallory on summit of Mount Everest in 1922. These are one of the rarest flowers on earth. It usually seems to have 4 to 5 flowers. Thread-like strands cover the leaves and stem of the plant to safeguard them from the icy Himalayan winds. The flowers appear in their full glory in the late spring and early summer.
Interesting Facts about Blue Poppies:
In this natural world of ours, true blue flowers are rare to found. And Blue Poppy is an exception. These flowers bloom for about 3 weeks. The Poppy is one of the most widely used symbolic flowers around the world. Poppies symbolize peace sleep and death. The opium extracted from them is used as a sedate, although it is not confirmed. In Roman and Greek myths, poppies were used as offering to the dead. The Greeks in particular tied it to sleep because of Morpheus, the God of slumber. Blue Poppies have some exceptional medicinal properties as well. They cure insomnia. The seeds of Blue Poppies have pain relieving properties and are also used in skin diseases.
Why Blue Poppy is the National flower of Bhutan:
The enchanting Blue poppies are unique in their natural charm and magical blue color. These flowers represent Bhutan because of the conditions in which they grow. Enduring the harsh winter Himalayan weather, it blooms to its full beauty in spring. Like the country itself, surrounded by captivating sceneries, this flower was once considered as a fairy tale. The rare blue color symbolizes the green-blue lush Himalayans which surround the country itself.