Da Lat – the city of flowersUnder Blog
The poetic city of Da Lat in Vietnam has a lot of charming name such as “city of love”, “City of thousands of pine trees”, “city of mysty”,… and the most impressive name is “city of flowers”.
Coming to Da Lat, you will be impressed by so many kinds of beautiful and gorgeous flowers. Flowers are in everywhere in the city, from large fields on the valleys to small corners or on the sides of the streets.
Da Lat Rose
Rose is not a rare flower in Vietnam, but roses in Da Lat are the most beautiful and preferable kind. The flower comes in all sorts of colors and shades, such as red, pink, velvet and yellow. Da Lat rose is grown as a agricultural products to export.
Mimosa is a very popular flower in Da Lat city not only because it is found in anywhere in the city, but also because it has a special position in local people’s hearts. It has bright yellow flowers and leaves that are green with a silvery luster. The tree blossoms two or three times each year and flourishes during the sunny seasons. Da Lat has two types of mimosa trees: long and short-leafed.the flower has a sweet scent and be considered as the symbol of secret love.
Asteraceae flowers blossom all year round. There are more than 20 species of asteraceae in Da Lat, such as san-souci, hortensia, pansy, violette, immortelle, arum, etc. Lots of them have origin from Western countries or Africa, but many others also come from Vietnam. Some of them are cultivate on field to provide for market, and others are wildflowers which naturally grow on streets or pine tree hills or along the streams.
Another unique species in Da Lat is purple flamboyant (flame tree). Instead of having red color like its brothers in northern Vietnam, the flower is purple. In the end of winter and through the spring, many streets in the city are covered up by a romantic purple of flame trees.
Orchid is another Da Lat attraction. Named “queen of the world of flowers,” the orchid is a common sight wherever you go in Da Lat. Among the world’s 100,000 species of orchids, Viet Nam already has many of which grow in Da Lat. Da Lat grows all four types of orchids found worldwide, including those on other plants and trees as parasites, those on high rocks and cliffs. Those are in leaves and mud. Those are on other kinds of vegetation.
Lang Biang and Da Lat have a very interesting kind of orchid, Lan hai. In Vietnamese, “hai” is a beautifully embroidered shoe that used to be worn by noble ladies. The flower is so named as it has the shape of a “hai”. It originates from the species P. Delnatii. The flower received attention and praise at an international orchid exhibition in 1995 in Tokyo, Japan.
A wild but beautiful flower which symbolize for Langbiang Highland is Japanese sunflower (or wild sunflower). On October or November every year, this glamorous flower blossom on roadsides, slopes, tea hills, pine forests, covering the whole city with a bright yellow.
Cultivating flower is a key sector in Da Lat’s agriculture. And these flowers make the city more stunning and shining. Moreover, thousands kinds of wild flower contribute to the outstanding beauty of Da Lat.
Flowers in Da Lat can be found in every corners of the city, in the forests, pine hills, tea hills, on the roadsides, valleys, stream banks or in cultivated fields,… There are also a lot of flower parks and flower gardens in the city where a lot of species of flowers are planted and designed on purpose to decorate the city. And each year, Da Lat held Flower Festival to display and promote local flowers as a product.