Trivia / Treasures of Kerala

The Neelakurinji flowers bloom once in every ________.

  1. 6 months
  2. Year
  3. 12 years

12 years

Neelakurinji is a rare flower which grows across the western ghats in the hills around Munnar and Kodaikanal and blooms once in every 12 years. The shrub grows to around 5-10 ft in the lower altitudes, and 2 ft in the higher altitude regions of western ghats.

The plant last bloomed in 2006 and thus is scheduled to bloom from July to October 2018. The blooming forms a blue carpet on the hills of the Eravikulam National Park which is a habitat to the majority of the remaining population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The flower is also attributed for the name Nilgiris used for the western ghats.