After the establishment of the State of Israel, the new country looked to incorporate a Memorial Flower much like Great Brittan, Canada and Australia’s WWI memorial flower, the Poppy. The flower that was chosen was Dam Hamaccabim, the Blood of the Maccabees.
Choosing this flower wasn’t a hard choice to make. Its name derives from the legend that wherever a Maccabea warrior’s blood fell to the ground, from that drop of blood would forever grow the red flower and its drop-like shape, the Blood of the Maccabees.
This wildflower grows only in Israel’s region, usually up in the mountains where the Maccabee battles took place. Its blossom each year is in April during the season of Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day. The legend and these characteristics of the flower made it the perfect candidate for Israel’s official Memorial Flower.