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Flowers In Ancient Egypt

Egyptians loved to use flowers for decorating themselves, their houses and their gardens. They loved beautiful blossoms and had different flowers for different occasions. Although, Egypt was surrounded by desserts it had the advantage of being situated near Nile River. Because of this river, Egyptians enjoyed many beautiful flowers. 

 

Nile River Floods


During ancient times, the Nile River used to flood every year and this flood generally lasted for three months. For all the inconvenience this flood brought, there was a major benefit associated with it that made the Egyptians wait for this flood every year. Flooding brought with it fertile soil allowing for the growth of lots of plants and trees, as well as flowers!

 

Gardens In Ancient Egypt


In ancient Egypt, people loved to maintain and use gardens for making their surroundings smell good and look beautiful. Flowers were the pride of their gardens. In the beginning, everyone used to have gardens but soon the wealthy became the main owners of large gardens and had vast garden areas in their palaces. The queens and the princesses used the flowers for adorning and decorating their hair. In temples, gardens had significance from both beauty and from a botanical point of view as the priests used to grow shrubs that would be used as medicines for special purposes.

 

Favorite Flowers Of Ancient Egyptians


Egyptians loved the fragrance and beauty of flowers and they had some favorite flowers which they used generally and on special occasions. Some of the favorite flowers of Egyptians during the ancient period were:

 

  • Cornflowers
  • Daisies
  • Water Lily
  • Jasmine 
  • Myrtle
  • Roses
  • Mandrakes
  • Lynchpins 
  • Ivy
  • Celosia
  • Narcissus
  • Mignonettes
  • Poppies

 

The Lotus Flower


The lotus flower also had major significance in ancient Egyptian history. It used to float in water. Every morning with sunrise it used to arise with the morning sun and once again used to sink into the darkness of night. The next morning the flower used to arise once again that was hence considered as a life cycle of the ancient Egyptian times. This flower was considered as a symbol of the sun, creation, and rebirth.

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