Kerala Flowering Plants with Pictures :- Kerala is considered as gods own country . Also considered as place for beautiful flowering plants. Because of the good monsoon and tropical climate almost all kind of flowering plants grow in kerala. Almost all the flowers are are available in kerala homes. Every Malayali will have heard of different types of kerala nadan flowers , but unable to identify them when directly seen. In this article we had listed down the top flowering plants which are seen in kerala with their pictures and descriptions in detail. Hope it will be helpful to you.
Aambal – The plant is also named as water lily and star Lotus. They grow in still and slow moving water. It is an aquatic plant with roots submerged in water and leafs and flowers grows above water. They are in different colors like blue, red, white etc…
Arali – It is a popular shrub and found in almost all houses. It is very beautiful and available in very attractive colors. It is said that the plant is toxic , never chew its flowers or leafs.
Ashokam – This plant belong to Detarioideae sub family of Legume family. It is a famous tree used in cultural values of india. It is the state flower of Odisha. It is considered as sacred tree in india, srilanka and Nepal.The bark of ashoka plant is used to make cosmetics.
Chempakam – They are used as room fresheners because of its high fragrance. Indian ladies place this flower in there hair. They are seen as both shrubs and tress.
Chemparuthi – It is also known as Hibiscus. Its origin is from tropical asia.It has sepals, petals and stalk. The flower is very popular and available in different colors. It has good medicinal value. Used as shampoo and for other medicines.
Kashithetti – It is also called Shavam nari poove. It is available in different colors . The flowers are in small shape and leaves are in green color. The flower contains alkaloids. So cultivated in large scale.
Kanakambaram – It is also called fire cracker plant. It is a very popular flowering plant because of its bright colored flowers. It is a shrub. Ripe fruits of this plant burst when put in water because of this the name fire cracker plant.
Kanikkonna – It is also called golden shower tree. Flower color is golden yellow and called as official flower of kerala. It is used during the kerala festival vishu. During vishu the flower is placed on Krishna’s idol. The season for this flower during the month April – May. During the vishu season kids pluck these flowers from trees and place them in road side for sale.
Kongini – It is also called marigold plant. Its main medicinal application is for skin treatments like contusions, bruises and varicose veins. Lantana is an excellent container plant that will grow full enough to fill a large container
Mandaram – It is also called White Bauhinia. This garden plant will grow up to a height of only 2 mtrs. The flower is very attractive due to its white color and flowers in every season. This plant with it flowers and leaf looks like a camel foot, so it got another name also called camel foot plant. It is cultivated as an ornamental plants in the tropical areas.
Mukkutti – It is called life plant. Its flower is in yellow color. They are rich in medicinal values and used in many ayurvedic products. It is used for so many issues such as joint pains, inflammations, fever, malaria, wounds, stomach ache, diabetes, gonorrhea, tuberculosis, convulsion, thirst, tumor, burns, asthma, phthisis, snake bite, insomnia, arthralgia, arthritis, back pain, bone spur, bursitis etc .
Mulla – It is a very popular flower and named as jasmine plant. It is having a very good fragrance. Flowers are in white color . They are used mainly by women to wear it on their hair. It is cultivated in large scale. A variety of this plant called kutti mulla is also available in market . It will grow only up to 2 mtr . But Normal jasmine plant can be grown as creepers along with big trees.
Nalumani – As the name suggest it is called as Four O clock Plant. It is having beautiful bell like flower and grows in all seasons. Its seeds are black in color and can be seen in the flower itself. The flower blooms at 4 0 clock that is why the name Nalumani (In Malayalam nalumani means 4 0 clock).
Nandiarvattom – It is also called as crepe jasmine plant. Its flower is in white color . They are used mainly in temples for doing prayers. They produce fruits rarely only .When the stem of this plant are broken it produces a milky latex which is poisonous.
Rajamalli – It is a very beautiful plant due to its yellow and reddish colored flowers. It grows upto 4 mtr in height. It is a small shrub and native of west indies. In Hawaii this plant is evergreen and grow upto 5 mtrs. Its seeds are poisonous , in some areas it is heard that its seeds are eaten by people to do abortion.
Sankhu pushpam – This flower is very beautiful because of its blue and white mix petals. The name came from the shape of the flower looks like a shell. It is a climber plant. It is also considered as a holy flower and used in temples. This plant is used for Hair loss, Anxiety, diabetes , heart health , hyper tension etc.
Kerala Flowering Plant
Thamara – It is a fresh water plant that grows in fresh water lakes stem buried in mud. Flowers are very beautiful and available in different colors now, from red to yellow etc. It is a sacred flower of Hindus. It is believed that Goddess Saraswati sits in lotus flower. Lotus produces hundreds and thousands of seeds every year. By this colony of lotuses are formed. Now every one grows this plant in their home due to its attractive look. The flower is is used in Temples and also for wedding, decoration etc. If we do cultivate the flowers we can generate a decent income from lotus flowers.
Lotus grows in water upto 2.5 mtr deep. For growing this plant we requires nutrient rich loamy soil. A majority of lotus production happens in ponds and paddy fields.
Thetti – Kerala Flowering Plant
Thetti – This plant grows upto 8 feet. The flowers are in very dark red in color .Also available in yellow color also. It is considered as sacred flower and used in temple for rituals. They are having good medicinal values and used in certain ayurvedic medicines.
It flourishes in nutritious soil and blooms well . The plant is widely used to treat stomach ache, wounds, diarrhoea and gonorrhoea
Thottavadi – It is called Tickle me plant because the plant wilts when touched . The flowers are blooming during summer till autumn season. The plant is also called touch me not , prayer plant etc. It has good medicinal values and used for health issues like piles , urine stone etc.
It is the native of Caribbean and south and central America.
Thulasi – It is called as holy basil plant from the family “Lamiaceae”. It grows throughout south east asia. It is used as herbal tea, used in many medicines .It is considered as sacred plant in Hinduism. It is shrub grows upto 1 mtr height. The leaves are green or purple depends on the variety . In almost all hindu homes Thulasi plant will be available. Housewives daily water this holy plant . Its stems are used to make beads for Japamala.
Kerala Flowering Plants
Thumba – This flower is commonly called Ceylon Slitwort. It is the native plant of tropical asia. The plant grows up to a height of 1.2 mtr. The plant grows in almost all kind of climate and soil conditions. It is a major part of keralities because they use the thumba flower for the pookalam decoration during onam season. Kids goes to their surroundings to collect this flower during onam season.
I hope this article had given you a basic idea about Kerala Flowering Plants and their Names