Exchanging ideas on introduction of new ornamentals in Iran

Native ornamental Cyclamen from Iran - photo: Edris Mahdavi Fikjvar/International Symposium on Wild Flowers and Native Ornamental Plants

Native ornamental Cyclamen from Iran – photo: Edris Mahdavi Fikjvar/International Symposium on Wild Flowers and Native Ornamental Plants

“One of the oldest customs in Iran is sending and offering flowers to each other as a symbol of affection, compassion, happiness or good luck. Being a vast country with diverse climatic conditions, Iran is probably one of the world’s richest natural habitats for many wild flowers and native ornamental plants”, says Dr. Pejman Azadi on behalf of the Organizing Committee of the International Symposium on Wild Flowers and Native Ornamental Plants, which will be held next year May 1-4 in Ramsar, Iran. The total area under ornamental plants in this country is indicated to be over 5,000 hectares.
“Using native plants commercially is a complicated matter”
Azadi memorizes that native plants have attracted many attentions from different viewpoints mostly because of their sustainable growth in landscape, home garden, beauty and variety. “However, using them as new ornamental plants in landscape needs adequate consideration. Although, wild flowers are hardy, durable and can be grown with little care, using them commercially is a complicated matter.” He emphasizes that there are many wild ornamental plants such as Tulipa, Fritillaria, Rosa, Papaver, Narcissus, Lily, Iris, Carnation, Gladiolus, Primula, Cyclamen, Paeonia, Cynoglossum, Polygala, Centaurea and Arum in Iran. “Recently, we have tried to acclimatize the native flowers in landscape because of their tolerance to different environmental stresses, especially drought.”
Encourage collaboration between experts on horticulture
The aim of the International Symposium on Wild Flowers and Native Ornamental Plants is to provide an international forum to exchange ideas on introduction of new ornamental plants and to encourage collaboration between experts on horticulture and plant scientists. At this symposium scientists from Iran and abroad will join together for constructive dialog on current directions in the wild flowers and native ornamental plants.
Native ornamental peony from Iran - photo: Edris Mahdavi Fikjvar/International Symposium on Wild Flowers and Native Ornamental Plants

Native ornamental peony from Iran – photo: Edris Mahdavi Fikjvar/International Symposium on Wild Flowers and Native Ornamental Plants



 
On the website from the symposium a number of Irianian Native Ornamental Plants are pictured.