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Neelakurinji largely bloomed on the Kallippara hills in Idukki, Kerala from the first week of October.

About Neelakurinji:

  • Scientific Name:Strobilanthes kunthianus.
  • Common Names:Neelakurinji; Kurinji.
  • Distribution:
    • It is a shrub prominently found in the shola forests of the Western Ghats.
    • Besides it is also seen in the Shevroys in the Eastern Ghats.
  • Blooming period:The blue flowers of Neelakurinji blossoms only once in 12 years.
  • Conservation:Core area of Kurinjimala Sanctuary, in Idukki district of Kerala, protects the kurinji.
  • Cultural significance:
    • Nilgiri Hills (Literally meaning the blue mountains), got their name from the blue flowers of Neelakurinji.
    • The Paliyan tribes (in Tamil Nadu) use it as a reference to calculate their age.

Source : The Hindu