Russia as a whole is home to some fascinating species of flora and fauna, many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. When it comes to Russian flowers, this principle remains and you can find some beautiful and unique species right across the country.
The national flower
It may come as a surprise to many to learn that the national flower of Russia is extremely well known. The Camomile is as Russian as Tulips are Dutch and while we all know of the healing qualities of camomile tea or camomile oil, the flower itself is extremely elusive as far as its history is concerned.
Camomile is an exclusively wild flower that has grown in vast quantities across Russia for many centuries. Despite this fact, its history is largely unknown but its therapeutic qualities make it one of the most popular flowers in the world.
In Russia, it has been used to treat colds, stomach upsets and it is thought to calm people in periods of stress while aiding their sleep.
The Russian Red
The Russian Red Lotus is a floating plant that has become popular across the world for its distinctive colouring. Pond flowers have traditionally been a little dull and that’s why the vivid hue of the Russian red has seen sales climb consistently since it was first grown outside of the country.
Its name is slightly misleading because its petals are in fact a deep, dark pink but it is a stunning variety nevertheless and with a good height and spread, it is suitable even for large ponds.
No round up of flowers would be complete without mention of the most stunning species of all: The rose is popular across the globe for its beauty and Russian Roses are no exception.
There are literally hundreds of Roses grown in Russia and many are produced entirely for export these days. Some are unique to the country and the overall diversity of Russian Roses as a whole is among its main selling points.
Like many aspects of Russian Life, the fall of the Soviet Union has brought some of their greatest treasures to the world’s attention and that statement is also true with Russian flowers to some extent.
However, the benefits of the Russian Comfrey have been known for many decades now and this versatile plant was first exported out of the country in 1910 when the Quaker, Henry Doubleday, took it to Great Britain.
The comfrey has many disputed therapeutic benefits and it can also be used as a fertiliser, making it one of the most flexible plants in existence.
The best way to appreciate the beauty of Russian flowers is with a trip to the country itself where you can enjoy this stunning range of species in their own environment.
However, if you’re not lucky enough to be able to do so, the opening of trade barriers, coupled with the internet explosion has made Russian flowers easy to buy and enjoy, no matter where you are in the world.