What is the national flower of Poland

A national flower for Switzerland

A national flower for Switzerland

The Brazilians have it easy. You have an officially approved national flower: Laelia purpurata, a dream orchid that is blooming in our winter garden right now. In Panama there is also an orchid, the Flor de Espíritu Santo, the flower of the Holy Spirit. In Poland it is simply the poppy seeds.

The Brazilians have it easy. You have an officially approved national flower: Laelia purpurata, a dream orchid that is blooming in our winter garden right now. In Panama there is also an orchid, the Flor de Espíritu Santo, the flower of the Holy Spirit. In Poland it is simply the poppy seeds.

And here? Since our parliament has to deal with much more important issues such as schnapps subsidies and other issues affecting Switzerland, there is no decision on which flower comes closest to our mentality, our being and our identity.

For many, the edelweiss is the ultimate alpine flower. We didn't have any before the last Ice Age, their home is Central Asia. During rewarming, it remained in the entire Alpine region and was able to adapt to the new climatic conditions. But the Austrians, Bavarians, French and Italians of the Maritime Alps also see it as a symbol of unity.

When, as a child, I saw an edelweiss for the first time in the Alpstein, I could not understand why such a gray mouse like this flower would be given such a "Gschess", there were far more beautiful, colorful and all around the location larger flowers: monkshood, germer, yellow gentian. Why only this inconspicuous edelweiss? At that time we also sang songs in which the courageous «Buab» climbs into the highest rocks in order to show his beloved love in the form of edelweiss - only to die miserably by falling. Pure 19th century! The cult around the edelweiss also dates from this time. Only - plants do not adhere to the borders of nation states.

We saw the most beautiful edelweiss mats on one of our bike tours from Monte Viso to the Mediterranean Sea in the Maritime Alps: edelweiss like grass, in between rusted rubble from mortars and grenades from the war. Both French and Italians used the edelweiss as a symbolic plant. War on Edelweiss fields, 2500 meters above sea level, in an almost sacred beautiful landscape!

The Edelweiss has qualities that have only been properly researched and commercialized in recent years. That is why tons of a special variety are grown in the lowlands and used in sun protection products, among other things.

I advocate the corn wheel as Switzerland's national flower! Corn wheel? These weeds, which used to be common in cornfields, have almost disappeared in Switzerland. It could well become a symbol of the need to treat our Switzerland more carefully.

So start a petition? Oh what, see the national anthem! We are not a "united people of brothers". There weren't any sisters back then anyway.