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Adalodakam or Vasaka Plant 08 March, 2019

Adalodakam, also known as Vasaka plant or Malabar Nut Tree is a tall shrub from the family Acanthaceae. Being a plant native to India, it has been largely used in traditional medicinal systems like Ayurveda. There are in fact two species of plants referred to as Vasaka. One is Adhatoda vasica while the other is… Continue reading Adalodakam or Vasaka Plant

Thottavadi – Touch Me Not Plant 01 March, 2019

Touch Me Not plant got this name from its super sensitivity to touch. When the plant detects touch from any foreign object, the leaves fold and bow as if it is shy. Its Malayalam name is Thottavadi, which also denotes this peculiarity. Shameplant is another common name in English. Thottavadi belongs to the family Mimosaceae… Continue reading Thottavadi – Touch Me Not Plant

Why Growing Nutmeg (Jathikka) Tree is Beneficial? 02 February, 2019

Nutmeg is a medium-sized tropical tree widely occurring in southern India. Its origin is believed to be in the islands of Indonesia. However, now it is widely grown in other tropical areas of the world including in Asia and the West Indies. Like pepper, it is a major spice crop of Kerala. Apart from the… Continue reading Why Growing Nutmeg (Jathikka) Tree is Beneficial?

Little Ironweed – Poovamkurunnila 30 January, 2019

Poovamkurunnila is a small herb with purple flowers from the family Asteraceae. It is said to have several applications in traditional as well as modern medicinal systems. Note: it is not confirmed whether the below photos are of Poovamkurunnila or not, however, it looks similar. Table of Contents Quick OverviewAppearanceBenefitsDistribution Quick Overview Plant Type: Annual… Continue reading Little Ironweed – Poovamkurunnila

Rough Dayflower – Rhopalephora scaberrima 30 January, 2019

Rough Dayflower is a small plant with small yet attractive flowers. It belongs to the dayflower family Commelinaceae, which includes hundreds of other flowering plants. Most of them have flowers with similar shapes but different colors. The plant looks very similar to the ginger for an ordinary person. I got to photograph these flowers in… Continue reading Rough Dayflower – Rhopalephora scaberrima

Ixora or Chethi Flowers to Beatify your Home Gardens 25 January, 2019

If you have a small garden in your home, then Ixora is one of the best to enhance the liveliness of the space. With its bright red flower clusters, this flowering bush looks stunning outdoors or indoors. Also known as Chethi, Thechi, or Thetti in Malayalam, Ixora was once very common in almost all households… Continue reading Ixora or Chethi Flowers to Beatify your Home Gardens

9 Most Beautiful Hibiscus Varieties 13 January, 2019

With its large and vivid flowers, Hibiscus is probably the most popular ornamental plant in many parts of the world including India.In this post, let us get to know some of the most beautiful and popular hibiscus varieties based on their color and appearance. There are innumerable varieties and cultivars of Hibiscus. Among these, Hibiscus… Continue reading 9 Most Beautiful Hibiscus Varieties

Kurunthotti or Bala Herb 08 January, 2019

Kurunthotti or Sida is an annual herb or shrub with yellow flowers and leaves with distinct shapes. Know by the name Bala in Sanskrit, it is quite useful in Ayurveda and traditional medicines. Although there are different species treated as Kurunthotti, Sida rhombifoila is more popular in places like Kerala where it has been a… Continue reading Kurunthotti or Bala Herb

Waterleaf or Sambar Cheera – An Undervalued yet Nutritious Leafy Vegetable 17 December, 2018

Waterleaf is a herb with purple flowers native to West Africa, Central, and South America. It is widely grown as a green leafy vegetable in many parts of the world including Africa and tropical Asia including India. The plant might have reached south India from Sri Lanka. So it is also called Ceylon Spinach. The… Continue reading Waterleaf or Sambar Cheera – An Undervalued yet Nutritious Leafy Vegetable

Rosy Periwinkle Flower 16 December, 2018

Rosy Periwinkle or Nithyakalyani is a small shrub or herb from the family Apocynaceae. There are mainly two types of Periwinkle based on the color of flowers, which can be either white or pink. It is now widely cultivated as an ornamental plant as it is attractive and easy to grow. The plant can grow… Continue reading Rosy Periwinkle Flower

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