The national flower of Israel is Cyclamen persicum. In 2007 the cyclamen and Anemone coronaria was chosen for the election of national flower of Israel and the polling was conducted by the famous website, nyet . Which result in the cyclamen as the national flower of Israel. The competition was close and the cyclamen won by a small margin of 456 votes.
Interesting facts about Cyclamen persicum.
Cyclamen persicum, the national flower of Israel is the flowering species of herbaceous plant produce from the tuber. It is native to Israel. Other than Israel, this flowering species is found in south-central of turkey and some region of Jordan. The monks introduced the cyclamen in Algeria, Tunisia and some areas of Karpathos. The leaves of the Cyclamen plants are heart shaped and can grow up to 16 inches. They are shaded with dark and light green color. The cyclamen starts flowering from winter to spring and the flower consists 5 petals and 5 sepals. They are usually found in white pale pink color with dark purple shade at the corners. Cyclamen persicum has semi-poisonous roots. In some tribes, the dark brown roots were used in the production of leather and soap. The ancient fishermen also used to take cyclamen as the ingredient for fishing. They used to grind the cyclamen and mix it with lime then sprinkle it on the surface of the water. The Fishes tend to float on the surface of the water after eating the poisonous herbs.
Why Cyclamen persicum is the national flower of Israel?
The cyclamen persicum is the most loved flower in Israel. It was elected as the national flower of Israel by voting in 2007. It is available on a large scale throughout the Israel. It is used for many medicinal and other purposes. The heart-shaped leaves of cyclamen considered as a sign of good fortune. It was believed by the native people that the cyclamen flower withstands with the other flower which signifies unity. These are a few reason which made Cyclamen the national flower of Israel.