Flowers of August

 The name of the gladiolus flower derives from the Latin word "Gladius" meaning sword, because of the shape of the flower's petals. The homeland of the flower is Africa, the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East. The growth of gladiolus flower was first witnessed more than 2000 years ago in the grasslands of Anatolia. Here, the flower was called "Crop Lily". Gladiolus flowers belong to the same flower family as iris flowers, whose colors are green, cream, yellow, buff, orange, salmon, crimson, pink, red, rose, lavender, purple smoked blue, bronze brown.

The color most compatible with the month of August is yellow and it contains the message of sincerity and “You stole my heart”. The gladiolus flower grows in abundance in the Holy Land and on the vacant lots along the Mediterranean coast in northern Africa and is described as "Holy Crop Lilies" according to the Bible. In the past, crushed gladiolus roots were used to remove splinters and thorns that pricked the body, while dried gladiolus seeds were ground into powder and drunk with goat's milk, believing that it would be good for colic. Sir Francis Fox, the engineer who built the bridge across the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls, noticed a number of gladiolus blooms in the mist of the waterfall. The flowers have developed a bellows upper petal that keeps the pollen-bearing stamens dry, thus adapting to the constant humidity in the environment. Also known as the "Mist Maiden", this flower is a hybrid genus of gladiolus with yellow and orange hues.


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