There will be more than one fantastic flower that catch your entire attention during Hanoi tours. On top of that, giant crape-myrtle and milk flower stand out for their fastinating facts.
1. Giant crape-myrtle
Due to the enticing purple color, it is now commonly used as a municipal decorative plant. Its yellowish-brown wood is used for carpentry as well as hard woodworking.
Purple has a tinge of love and also seems to be sad, so this flower has something slightly woeful and becomes a symbol of separation. That’s right! Giant crape-myrtle usually blooms in the summer, which is the season of school farewell. When the city turns purple here and there, it’s about time to say goodbye to your next-table crush, your close friends, and beloved teachers…
Beautiful purple flower
This flower also has its own exciting legend tha’s still popular today.
In the past, the Jade Emperor had twelve princesses. All of them were beautiful as their own way. Jade Emperor loved his twelve princesses so much. One day he said he will let them be the goddesses of sublunary world’s flowers. The eldest chose rose, her successors picked lilac, orchid, or tuberose, etc. Only the youngest had no clue what kind of flower to choose. She stood still until Jade Emperor raised his voice.
– My princess, what flower do you want to opt for? I will satisfy you.
She solidly thought about it, and had a look at her purple dress. Since childhood she had been interested in purple, so she asked the Jade Emperor:
– Dear father, I love the innocence of purple, I ask you to be the princess of purple flowers in the mundane world.
He accepted her request and made her Female Lord of the purple flower.
At the same time in the sublunary world, there was a poor poet who admired the gentleness and sadness of this flower. He took it home every day and enjoyed its beauty. Gradually he fell in love with the giant crepe-myrtle. In the meantime, the youngest princess was also into the student’s poems. She asked her father to become the student’s wife. Jade Emperor fiercely disagreed. From then, the princess contemplated all the time and rejected all wedding’s askings leading to flower’s purple faded gradually. However, the poor student still kept his love for this gorgeous flower.
2. Milk flower
It is commonly known as dita tree, but in Vietnamese, locals call it milk flower and it ain’t for no reason.
In literature, milk flowers are praised as a queen having both fragrance and beauty. This flower has been praised to the skies in works of art and long been the symbol of Hanoi’s autumn. The nostalgic sadness of this blossom has become a part of Vietnamese capital citizens’ memory.
Flower of autumn
Why is it called Milk Flower?
Its scientific name is Alstonia Scholaris, commonly referred to as crab flower also. They are called milk flowers because their resins are white like milk, and the aroma is very ardent.
Meaning of Milk flower.
Hoa Sua is a token of the autumn in Hanoi, so when the flowers bloom, their fragrance alert people of an upcoming beautiful season. Believe it or not, you will feel a unique feeling walking under a row of milk flower. The memory of good old days will comfortably invade your soul in the mild evenings…
Milk flower also symbolizes sweet love. In autumns, couples usually have a seat on a stone bench under these amazing fragrant plants, chew the fat and pick up tiny petals and gently put on his dear partner. Her smile becomes extremely charming with that natural accessory.
A symbol of Hanoi
Milk flower is also an endless source of inspiration for writers and poets. It has been making its ways to many works of poetry and music, showing the generosity and romantic nature of Hanoi people.
In addition, Hoa Sua is also an invaluable drug used to treat many. It is potent in curing many diseases such as diarrhea, rosette, ulcer, or heat treatment, poor appetite, skinny dugout, …