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How Long Does Neelakurinji Flower Last? [Bloom Guide]

Neelakurinji is a long-lasting flowering plant that blooms cowling the mountainous area of West India with a colorful myriad of flowers.

Generally, Neelakurinji is a bell-shaped flower in a purplish-blue hue, which lasts for three months. Provide it with well-drained soil, full sun, and moderate temperature to enhance its blooming.
Go through the entire article to learn more about the Neelakurinji flower and its uses.

What Does Neelakurinji Flower Look Like?

Neelakurinji, or  Strobilanthes kunthiana is from the family Acanthaceae and originated from the mountains of Western India. 

Neelakurinji bears tubular flowers composed of five petals arranged in terminal spikes and purplish blue in color.

Interestingly, the plants bloom once every 12 years as they get an irregular light spectrum in high altitudes. 

Strobilanthes kunthiana flowers
Strobilanthes kunthiana is found between 1500-2500 meters from sea level.

To help pollinate Neelakurinji and disperse the seeds, there are several Bees and Butterflies. 

The bushy nature of the plant allows it to reach excessive sunlight and disperse the seeds to a wide range.

Furthermore, the opposite leaves of the flower help to reduce the transpiration.

Neelakurinji Flower Uses

Neelakurinji flower is an astonishing flower with multiple benefits. Here are some of the uses of the Neelakurinji flower.

  • Decorative Purpose: Neelakurinji is a trendy flower that is used to decorate landscapes and gardens. Moreover, these are easy-to-care plants and can be grown in various USDA zones 9-11.
  • Health Benefits: This flower has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties and treats inflammation, diabetes, cancer, and rheumatism.
  • Ethnic Importance: Neelakurinji symbolizes hope and positivity in their native region. The people of that region believe that this flower brings fortune whenever it blooms.
  • Additional Uses: This flower is also used to make honey and dyes.

How Long Does Neelakurinji Flower Last?

Native to India, Neelakurinji blooms from August to November once it reaches maturity and twelve years. 

Thus, the Neelakurinji flower lasts three months, from August until late October.
Neelkurinji flower
The beautiful color of this flower is due to the pigment ‘anthocyanin.’

This flower is a huge attraction for tourists due to its rapidly spreading character, as it covers the entire area of mountains, which looks heavenly gorgeous.

How To Enhance Neelakurinji Flower Blooming?

Neelakurinji flower is native to the mountains of West India, and it is not a good decision to grow them indoors.

This is because the indoor temperature will be hotter than the requirement of flowers. Additionally, indoor soil is not well-draining enough for the flowers.

But you can grow and make Neelakurinji flowers easily with the following tips. 

  • Furnish Neelakurinji with well-drained soil, full sun, and moderate temperature.
  • Fertilize the plants with balanced 10-10-1o NPK fertilizers every growing season.
  • Additionally, prune them once a year to promote their growth.
  • Spray Neem oil to prevent diseases and pests.

From Editorial Team


The conservation status of Neelakurinji is vulnerable and at risk of extinction in the wild.

Unsustainable harvesting, habitat destruction, and global warming are some of the reasons for their vulnerability.

But you can encourage the blooming through pollution control, public awareness, and sustainable harvesting.