Earliest Sanskrit writings record that Egyptians worshipped these blooms as the sacred flower of creation. Ancient Eastern religions consider this flower to represent the centre of the universe and a symbol of life, spirituality and a focus for meditation, Peaceful repose and tranquillity, this is the divine and sacred - the Water Lily. Nymphaea caerulea, the Egyptian Lotus, is indeed sacred and spiritual in appearance. It is one of the true, heavenly blue forms of the Water Lily with elegant blooms on strong stems rising gracefully above circular leaf pads and opening as spectacular star-shaped blooms often with a lovely perfume. A similar tropical species, Nymphaea nouchali syn. Stellata or ‘Shapla’, the Star Lotus, is also a day bloomer with flowers in lovely shades of red, blue, pink through Orchid purple, occasionally salmon and lighter shadings down to brilliant white. The beautiful white form is the national flower of Sri Lanka; and state flower of Andhra Pradeh province in India. Its blue form is the national flower of Sri Lanka. The beloved Water Lily is also the birth flower of July.
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