Spain’s natural diversity is home to numerous species of fauna and flora. One can discover the most unusual and beautiful flowers during the many flower festivals held every year, such as the Batalla de Las Flores (Battle of the Flowers) in Cordoba or the Temps de Flors (Flower Season) floral exhibition in Gerona.
Flowers are some of the nicest gifts to give loved ones no matter the occasion. Whether it is for someone’s birthday, anniversary, or any other special day, flowers are thoughtful gifts that anyone will appreciate. Consider giving any of these popular flowers for the next special occasion.
The Pomegranate is the official flower of Spain. The Spanish word for the fruit is Granada, which shares the same name as the city where it appears all throughout. It has an important part in Granada’s history, all the way back from the 15th Century. Pomegranate plants produce beautiful, fiery flowers that symbolize mature elegance.
While the Pomegranate is the official flower, the Red Carnation is known as the national flower of Spain. Also known as “The Flowers of God”, carnations come in a variety of colors, the red one symbolizing deep love and a woman’s affection.
Hyacinthoides hispanica, the Spanish bluebell, has a delicate shade of pale blue with heads lifting towards the sun. They are very easy to grow although less fragrant than the English version. Bluebells symbolize constancy.
Orchids symbolize beauty and fragrance. There are many different varieties of wild ones found in Spain. In fact, there are orchid tours that tourists can join to explore the various species. Some of the most popular ones found in Andalucia are the Giant Orchid and the Butterfly Orchid.
Lily flowers, or flor de lirio, are often large and fragrant blooms. They come in different varieties that bloom in different times, from early summer to fall. They are available in a variety of colors as well, including pinks, yellows, oranges, reds, and pure white.
Daisies are some of the most beautiful flowers in the world, which makes them very popular for gifting. They symbolize innocence, purity or new beginnings. There are many varieties of daisies in different colors. Spanish daisies, specifically, show a two-tone effect because they grow in masses of small flowers in pink that turn into white then into rose red.
Some Spanish roses are originated in the country while some were imported to Spain. Regardless, roses play an important part in Spanish culture and are often seen used in celebrations. Some of the popular ones are the old Spanish Rose, the Spanish Sunset, and the Spanish Valencia Rose.
Gerberas are widely used as decorative plants or as cut flowers and are the fifth most used cut flowers in the world. They vary in shape, size, and colors. They can be either white, yellow, orange, red or pink. Like daisies, they also symbolize innocence and purity but can also mean cheerfulness.
The Lilac is usually given during a couple’s 8th wedding anniversary. They come in several shades of purple, as well as white, that can mean different things. Purple lilacs symbolize the first emotions of love while the white ones mean purity or innocence.
Alstromeria flowers can come in either orange, pink, rose, purple, red, yellow, white or salmon colors. They have no fragrance and are the perfect blooms for those with pollen allergies. Known to symbolize friendship and devotion, Alstromeria was named after Baron Klas Van Alstroemer, a Swedish botanist who collected the seeds on a trip to Spain in 1783.
These flowers are readily available from various florists in Barcelona. Choose the one that best symbolizes the occasion. No matter which ones you choose though, they are sure to brighten someone’s day.