Vietnamese people will commence voting for the country's national flower this Tuesday (January 25) at an exhibition center in Hanoi.
The result is expected to be announced four days later, local newspaper Tuoi Tre reported.
Last April, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism established criteria for the national flower.
It must have originated in Vietnam or have been planted for long time in the country.
It also must be found in many localities.
The ministry also asked that the flower be one that has been featured widely in arts and is favored by many people.
During an online poll conducted in 2006, 40.3 percent of voters favored the lotus, followed by apricot blossoms and peach blossoms, the ministry said.
In June, the ministry held a conference to collect opinions from scientists, experts and the public.