Different flowers come from different places where each country has their own unique native flowers. These flowers are usually not found from other countries, but because of exportation and importation, these kinds of flowers have now been made available across the globe such as the sunflower. Sunflowers are a native flower found mainly in the Americas, but are now exported to other countries.
Philippines have also been a country unique with native flowers. Though some Philippine flowers are found on other countries, these are still considered as a unique native flower coming from the Philippines. Here are some of those flowers:
Originated from an old Tagalog word meaning “rare”, Ylang-Ylang possesses a fragrance scent found mainly on the Philippines. Oils extracted from these flowers are quite useful in aromatherapy, and are believed to relieve high blood pressure and normalize sebum secretion for skin problems. The ylang-ylang tree is a native of the Philippines and prefers to grow on its slightly acidic rainforest soils.
Though a native in “Tropical Asia”, Sampaguita is considered as the Philippines’ national flower. Though petite at a glance, its fragrant flowers are made into garlands and used as welcome offerings or honorary symbols for dignitaries or achievers. Commonly sold on the streets of Manila, the flower necklaces usually adorn vehicles, or are taken home by Catholic devotees to decorate their altars.
The waling-waling is a rare epiphytic orchid endemic to the island of Mindanao, particularly in the foothills of Mount Apo in Davao, Cotabato, and Surigao. These unique Philippine flowers are seasonal, and its two-week bloom only occurs during the peak months of July until December. Hailed as the Queen of Philippine Orchids, the waling-waling is considered by many as the country’s best orchid variety due to its many stunning colorful hybrids.
A familiar flower in the Philippine (particularly with the children), Gumamela has been a favorite garden ornament by many Filipinos. A native of the Old World, it is now pantropic in distribution and is widely cultivated in the country. The gumamela flower has been reported to be used as a poultice to boils, cancerous swellings and mumps.
Also known as paper daisy or straw flower, the everlasting is a famous bloom symbolic of Baguio City. Strings of these Philippine flowers are sold in the markets and streets of the summer capital. And due to their longevity, it is also a favorite of devotees who adorn their altars with these blooms.