Flor Box OXO | Flower History | Top 3 Historic Flowers

Updated: Aug 26

Flowers have always been apart of each of our heritage, and will continue to influence our modern culture for centuries to come. Floral history is just as rich and colorful as the variety of flower petals. Amongst the many flowers, here are our top three flowers that made a historic impact on the twenty-first century.  - OXO, Flor Box

1.Van Gogh's Sunflower Paintings (1888) 

Van Gogh has been well known for his legendary painting of sunflowers. In Arles, France in 1888, Vincent became enamored with the glory and mystery of the sunflower. This artist painted only a total of five known paintings of sunflowers, yet these paintings have been adorned and showcased for centuries in Van Gogh's signature regal artistic talent. According to Van Gogh, he was inspired to paint the sunflower because he believed sunflowers represented gratitude for the sun.

2.Egyptian Lotus (Ancient Egypt) 

In Ancient Egypt, the lotus flower held a high significance within their culture. The lotus flower can be found in artistry, sculptures, religious scriptures and medicinal recipes. Ancient Egyptians worshipped the lotus flower as a symbolism of their diety Nefertem. This deity, was believed to be in relation to the blue lotus emerging from the waters in purpose of protection of the land and reciprocity between humankind and the divine.

3. Opium Poppy (7th Century - Present)

The infamous opium poppy has been responsible for aiding the advancements of western medication as well as has been notorious for illegal drug trafficking for centuries. Although opium poppy is native to Euroasia, opium consumption became mainstream around the 7th century in China with intake of pills, beverages, in addition to culinary and medicinal recipes. Opium consumption became popularized in the form of smoking often combined with tobacco during the 17th century colonization of North America. Presently, in recent years, this opioid has received a bad reputation over the centuries, yet the flowers undying beauty and its natural healing properties must not be compromised.

Sources For This Article

Sourcing from the following resources: Encyclopedia Britannica, britannica.com (sourced in 2020), and History.com (sourced in 2020).

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