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Perlis celebrates red hibiscus as national flower

by webdev

December 06, 2010

Perlis, Malaysia's smallest state, became the first to officially recognize the 50th anniversary of the red hibiscus as the national flower since a nationwide festival began in September.

According to Bernama.com, event organizer Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Md Isa Sabu "urged the society [of state civil servants] to give due recognition to the national flower."

Hibiscus rosa-sensa has enjoyed its position as Malaysia's national flower since July 1960, according to MyNiceGarden.com. The country's first prime minister apparently chose Brilliant Red, as it's otherwise known, because of its widespread growth and abundance in the region as well as its red color, which represents strength. The hibiscus's five petals are also symbolic of Malaysia's Five Principles of Nationhood, and the flower comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors to symbolize the harmonious multicultural heritage of the nation, according to the website.

Beyond their symbolic import, hibiscus flowers make great potted plants or cut flowers and will bring a tropical flair to your home or garden.


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