Neelakurinji bloom in the Nilgiris

A spectacular view of the Neelakurinji bloom in the Nilgiris! Last time these flowers were seen was 12 years ago, and the next time will be in 12 years!

During an entire century this species will bloom only 8 times – that is how unique and rare these flowers are.

For 11 years the plant is growing and in the 12th year it is all about producing flowers and seeds. Then it dies! The future lies in the seeds and how well they dispersed.

As a single inflorescence it might be a pretty flower to the behold, but this species covers entire hills and can be seen from afar as a purple hue.

Elevation: 2064 meters

Native range is Western Ghats, India.

Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana)

Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana)

Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana)

Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana)

Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana)

Last updated on 30 June 2023