Fresh as April Spring Flowers

Fresh as April Spring Flowers
11/04/2017 Margarida Moreira

The April flower is Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus).

The sweet pea, also known as the “Queen of Annuals”, was first recorded in 1695. At the time, Francisco Cupani, a member of the order of St. Francis, made note of the flower in Sicily (largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, autonomous Region of Italy).

The fragrant pastel/sunrise colored flowers of this climbing garden plant make it popular, growing up to 1-2 meters. This graceful flower has plenty of meanings: Innocence, youth, purity, blissful pleasure, goodbye and departure.

Toxicity

Sweet peas are available in over 250 different varieties! It is important to notice that this species is toxic and therefore non-edible!

Its related species (Lathyrus sativus) is grown for human consumption, but when this edible species forms a major part of the diet, it causes symptoms of toxicity called lathyrism.

 

Other Flowers in Season

The gorgeous blooms appear in a wide range of shade making April one of the most beautiful and fragrant months.

  • Ranunculus (Ranunculus spp.) – this flowers, has petals similar to poppies. With a range of stunning bright colors it’s perfect to embellish any dinning table.
  • Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) – flowering from April / June. The leaves are eaten raw, releasing a initially sweet and viscous taste, followed by a strong penetrating salty flavor. The dried petals are used to create a blue ink that is used to dye linen.
  • Sunflower (Helianthus annuus– “the flower that follows the sun” (heliotropism) is probably one of the first flowers that children draw! Besides providing sunflower oil and attracting pollinators, this plant is very effective in the treatment of conditions of the respiratory system. The tea has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, among other medicinal properties.
  • Tulip (Tulipa spp.) – are a favorite in the spring garden. In decorating, they’re prized for their simple beauty and long-lasting flowers.
  • Hyacinths (Hyacinthus spp.)  used in the Haft-Seen table setting for the Persian New Year celebration, held at the Spring Equinox.
  • Freesia (Freesia spp.) – these two last species that never seize to surprise anyone! The sweet fragrance always rises the spirit, and exposes everybody to a feeling of happiness! This is the main reason why they should always be present in spring bouquets!

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