Saturday, September 24, 2011

TODAY'S FLOWERS #162

The Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) symbolizes purity, beauty, majesty, grace, fertility, wealth, richness, knowledge and serenity and in Buddhism is considered to be sacred. The Pink Lotus is the National Flower of India.

According to Egyptian mythology, the Lotus is related to the sun, as it flowers at the day hours and closes by night. It is credited that the flower has given birth to the sun.

In China, even before Buddhism arrived bringing its special devotion to the lotus, the lotus was honored as the plant of summer. One of the eight immortals holds a lotus, the "flower of open-heartedness" or a lotus-pod wand. It was an emblem of purity, fruitfulness (because of its many seeds) and creative power.

Every part of the lotus found in India (nelumbo nucifera) is edible. Seeds are roasted to make puffs called mahkanas. The plant's roots are ground up to make lotus meal.

To find out more about the lotus you can click here.

TODAY’S FLOWER’S was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli Jr.

35 comments:

  1. Thankyou. Sacred, edible and beautiful. Who can ask for more.

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  2. I have never seen this flower before but I have heard of a band from the eighty's called the lotus eaters, wonder if their name was based on your lovely plant

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  3. It seems a shame to eat such a lovely flower. It's the first time I've seen a picture of one but I know they've been on Chinese menus in some form or another ... I remember lotus buns in particular.

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  4. How very interesting to learn about the lotus. It's useful as well as beautiful. The seed pod looks so unusual. It's always a bonus to learn something - that's just one of the things I enjoy about blogging:-)

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  5. Really beautiful flower. Interesting information.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  6. interesting...all the information!! i love the soft, gentle touches of pink on the edges, beautiful!!

    have a wonderful weekend!!

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  7. Hi Denise...fasinating and gorgrous plant!!
    Lovely photo's and the information is very interesting to know..thanks !
    Grace

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  8. beautiful lotus! it blooms even when half-submerged in mud.

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  9. Flowers are beautiful
    but none are complete
    when the honeybees come
    it is a reunion
    of odd couples

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  10. I'm going over to the Hilton to eat me some flowers!


    Warm Aloha from Waikiki;

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  11. That was so strikingly beautiful, Denise! I'm glad you took time to share info about it.

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  12. They are far too beautiful to eat! Mind you, I think that every time I see a tomato but eat it all the same. Lovely photos!

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  13. Interesting and beautiful post! You got them at their peak, I take it.

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  14. Loved reading all that info and your pictures are a treat!!

    Have a great Sunday!!

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  15. I do love, love lotus flowers. Your photos are so exquisite, Denise. I really enjoyed reading the information also.

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  16. planted buy God so simple and overwhlemingly perfect

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  17. They radiate so much of peace. I can gaze at them for hours.
    Lovely pics.

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  18. Very nice flowers, the seed heads are just as interesting to find

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  19. The lotus flower is gorgeous, Denise. Your photos are beautiful. Thanks for sharing and hosting. Have a great Sunday!

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  20. The flower is beautiful, I had no idea the lotus was edible.

    I love your header shot!

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  21. What a beautiful post Denise. I have had a love affair with Lotus for a long long time but have only had access to the pink version. It truly is an amazing plant that not only lifts the soul with it's beauty but also sustains the body as a food source.

    A beautiful post indeed.

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  22. Lotus is very pretty and it is indeed so pure looking flower. I so love the color too.

    The Rose

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  23. Lovely lotus! Beautiful capture -so relaxing! :)

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  24. The flowers are very beautiful. I also enjoyed your Monday Ramble in the next post.

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  25. These are gorgeous photos of the lotus, Dennis!

    I hope you feel better with your cold..

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  26. Looks like this flower has and does it all, very pretty. Thanks for the information, very interesting.

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  27. It has such an interesting bloom. Lovely shots of this flower!

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  28. Lotus are beautiful flowers. Great shots.

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  29. Interesting facts about the lotus. I had no idea it is edible.

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