Tag Archives: Ooty

Children of the neelakurinji

Barefoot, these kids are climbing a very special mountainside behind their Ooty village. For the first time in their lives the hill has become purple with flowers, and the next time this will happen, they will be 12 years older. Just about 8 times per century does this species produce flowers – 12 years in […]

Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthianus) bloom of 2018

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 […]