“I’d rather have roses on my table
than diamonds on my neck.”
On my morning walk, I came across some birds of paradise that were in full bloom. I couldn’t resist taking some photos of this beautiful familiar flower which is the official flower of Los Angeles.
How did this exotic flower from South Africa, become LAs official flower? Well, back in 1952, Mayor Fletcher Bowron decided to name the bird of paradise the official flower of LA, after heavy lobbying by seed company president and civic booster Manfred Meyberg. Soon after, the plant and seeds from this orange and blue flower became a hot item in nurseries throughout California.
The bird of paradise flower is so named because it’s magnificently colorful petals resemble a colorful bird in flight. The flower is a symbol of paradise as well as a symbol of joyfulness.
How apropos for Angelenos official City flower to be a symbol of paradise and joyfulness.