The Central Botanical Garden in Pyongyang holds more than 3 000 species of plants presented to President Kim Il Sung, Chairman Kim Jong Il and the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un by heads of state and progressive people of different countries and overseas Koreans.
Among them, over 1 750 species are growing in the gift plant greenhouse of the International Friendship Botanical House.
In the Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia greenhouses, the flowers which are well known to the world as immortal flowers in praise of the great men are in full bloom all the year round.
“Many visitors to the greenhouses say in admiration that the Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia blossoms here are especially big and beautiful,” said grower Ri Jong Ae.
There is an adenocaulon presented to President Kim Il Sung by the Laotian president and his wife in April 1992 in the gift plant greenhouse.
As he visited the DPRK and met Kim Il Sung on several occasions, he was fascinated by the personality of the President and presented the adenocaulon, the most beloved plant of the Laotian people, to him in the hope that the President would enjoy eternal happiness and a long life in good health.
According to grower Ri Kum Sun, adenocaulon, also known as desert rose, is native to South Africa. As it is a very precious ornamental plant with beautiful flowers, adenocaulon is widely applied to interior decoration, she said, adding it is now cultivated in the DPRK.
Red arghan which was presented to Chairman Kim Jong Il by the botanical garden of a Polish university in May 1988 spread its red petals beautifully.
Originated from Brazil, the ornamental plant is used for room decoration as it has lovely flowers, leaves and fruits.
Callistemon associated with the deep respect of Zimbabwean people for the great men produced overhanging purple blossoms, while frangipani whose flower is used as a substitute for tea and whose juice for healing injuries in some countries has produced distinctive flowers over its evergreen leaves.
Kim Yong Min, director of the International Friendship Botanical House, said that lots of gift plants including Japanese azalea, common anthurium, heart-leaved stone-break and dove tree have had beautiful blooms this year in unprecedentedly large numbers and for a long time, thanks to the devoted efforts of growers for preserving, cultivating and spreading the gift plant species associated with the sincerity of the progressive mankind of the world.
Besides, rare foliage ornamental plants that came from different countries, including Mexican Washington palm, Hance date palm and low ground rattan, are showing off the beauty peculiar to them.