Kimilsungia is a hybrid cultivar of orchid[clarification needed], Dendrobium 'Kim Il-sung'. Another flower, the Kimjongilia, is named after Kim Il-sung's son, Kim Jong-il. Neither the Kimilsungia or the Kimjongilia are a national flower of North Korea. The national flower of the country is the Magnolia. The Kimilsungia violet orchid, has become an integral part of the ever-present state-sponsored propaganda that surrounds the late leader.
According to the Pyongyang-published book Korea in the 20th Century: 100 Significant Events, Kim Il-sung travelled to Indonesia to meet with his counterpart, Sukarno. Kim was taken on a tour of the Bogor Botanical Garden, where:
He stopped before a particular flower, its stem stretching straight, its leaves spreading fair, giving a cool appearance, and its pink blossoms showing off their elegance and preciousness; he said the plant looked lovely, speaking highly of the success in raising it. Sukarno said that the plant had not yet been named, and that he would name it after Kim Il Sung. Kim Il Sung declined his offer, but Sukarno insisted earnestly that respected Kim Il Sung was entitled to such a great honour, for he had already performed great exploits for the benefit of mankind.
- Korea Today Monthly Journal (issue 627, September 2008), cover inset
- Jill Reilly (15:36 GMT, 18 April 2012). "Here's us with the Kims: North Koreans flock in their thousands to celebrate 100th anniversary of founding father's birth... with a happy snap in front of massive portrait". Daily Mail Online. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
- 4th Kimilsungia Show to be held in Pyongyang. Korean Central News Agency. March 21, 2002.
- Ford, Glyn; Kwon, Soyoung (2008). North Korea on the brink: struggle for survival. Pluto Press. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-7453-2598-9.
- Kim In Gi, Kimilsungia, Foreign Languages Publishing House, softcover, 100 pages
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- Kimilsungia Is an Immortal Flower That has Bloomed in the Hearts of Mankind in the Era of Independence – Kim Jong-il on Kimilsungia, April 6, 2005.