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China has a wide variety of flowering plants.

In all of the species, ten flowers are considered as the most appreciated in Chinese history and culture. They are not only popular but also have profound historical connotations.


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Plum blossom


Plum blossom (Prunus mume) originally came from China, around the Yangtze River and was later introduced to other countries including Japan and Vietnam. It starts to flower in mid-winter and can grow to 4-10 meters tall.


The flowers have a strong fragrant scent. Due to its cold-resistance character, plum blossom stands for courage, hope and new life in Chinese culture.

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Peony


Peony (Paeonia suffruticosa), characterized by large blossoms, multiple petals, and vivid colors, is known as the “king of flowers” in China.

Peonies have been cultivated in China since early history. It's a traditional floral symbol of the country, also known as “flower of riches and honor.”

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Chrysanthemum


Chrysanthemum (Dendranthema morifolium(Ramat.)Tzvel.) was first cultivated in China and is known as one of the Four Gentlemen in Chinese and East Asian art. It is especially important during the Double Ninth Festival.


Chrysanthemum is a perennial herbaceous plant. It has many varieties of different colors such as yellow, white, purple-red, rose red and so on. The flowering period is usually from September to November in China.

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Orchid


Orchid (Orchidaceae) is a perennial herb that is easily distinguished from other plants. Orchids are primitively bilaterally symmetrical, but sometimes it can be difficult to notice this kind of symmetry.


Orchids have wide distribution. It can grow almost in every habitat apart from glaciers. Depending on species, flowers of orchid can live from a few hours to six months. Orchids are often associated with virtue in Chinese culture.

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Chinese rose


Chinese rose or China rose (Rosa chinensis) is native to southwest China. It's dubbed as “Queen of the Flowers” in China. The flower has pink to red petals. Its shrub can grow to 1.2m tall.


Chinese rose is easy to cultivate. Because of its long blossom period and high ornamental value, the flower is appreciated worldwide.

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Azalea


Azaleas (Rhododendron Simsii Planch.) bloom in spring, and its flowering period can last for several weeks. The flower is native to several continents including Asia, North America, and Europe.


The azalea is known as “thinking of home bush” in China. The plant is poisonous, and eating large amounts of any part of azalea or honey made from the flower can cause life-threatening poisoning.

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