The first recorded plant collectors were the soldiers in the army of Thothmes III, Pharaoh of Egypt, 3500 years ago. In the Temple of Karnak these soldiers are shown bringing back 300 plants as booty from Syria.
Egypt is known as the starting place of the ancient civilizations. “A water lily” has been Egypt’s national flower for about 4000 years. It can be seen anywhere on the river Nile, especially the “blue water lily”. The blue water lily has been loved by Egyptians for a long time. It was also considered the “God of the Resurrection”, so it is sometimes laid on the tomb of “Mica”. A few pieces of blue and white water lily flower picture have been found in the tomb of Rames II (ca. B.C. 13th century). Most of the Arab countries have followed Egypt’s custom of adopting a water lily as the national flower.