Among the Orientals the lotus is an expression of perfection
and of the purity of the sun, of the sky, of creation, of the past, of the present and of the future, or, in a single word of life itself and of all the virtues to it,
directly or indirectly, referable. For this reason it is considered a sacred flower, the flower of the Gods. Indian Buddhists represent the seat of Buddha as an enlarged form of the lotus flower. In ancient Greece it was the symbol
of beauty and eloquence. In Italy it grows in temperate zones; in Mantua, on Lake Superior, grows thanks to a young graduate in
Natural Sciences, which, some 60 years ago, decided to plant some specimens there.
Nowadays, the gift of the lotus flower is a gesture to declare great admiration.