Cuba’s National Flower

La mariposa, flor nacional
Cuba’s National Flower
White Ginger
(Hedychium coronarium)

The White Ginger (Hedychium coronarium) called “Mariposa” in Cuba, is a native flower of India but it has become so common in the island that it has been selected as the national flower.

These flowers are white, with an exquisite perfume, although there are many varieties including yellow and salmon pink.

It is extremely abundant during the rainy season, and it can grow up to six feet tall. It is characteristic of the Cuban scenery. It was commonly sold in the streets, frequently used in bridal bouquets, and for offerings to Saints and to the deceased.

Translated by the Staff of Círculo Güinero de Los Ángeles

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