Sanna Marale

Sanna Marale or Sanna Mallige

In Kannada this perennial flower is known as Sanna Marale or Sanna Mallige. Other common names are Juhi in Hinid, Uccimalligai in Tamil, Adavimalle in Telugu, and Yuthika in Sanskrit. Botanical name … [Read more...]

Teak Tree

Teak tree

Teak tree is the most precious deciduous tree in India and as you traverse into Western Ghats, you come across these trees gloriously growing on the slopes of the hills. Common names are Indian … [Read more...]

Barleria

Barleria

Barleria is known as Kurantaka in Sanskrit, Spatika in Kannada, Vajradanti in Marathi, Philippine violet, Bluebell barleria, Crested Philippine violet, and Porcupine flower. Belongs to Acanthaceae … [Read more...]

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum indicum known as Shavanthige in Kannada is the most common flower found growing and selling in Karnataka and the rest of India. Botanical name is Chrysanthemum and belongs to … [Read more...]

Canna

Canna

I remember my aunt distributing Sri Satyanarayana Prasad (offering) on washed and dried Canna leaves to family and friends after the pooja. There were many of these plants lined near the manmade water … [Read more...]

Water Lily

Water Lily

The still water of a lake or pond is often dotted with colorful water Lilies. Another gift by god to mankind, water lily belongs to Nymphaeaceae family. Who can forget the helpless Thumbelina … [Read more...]

Lady's Slipper Orchid

Lady’s Slipper Orchid

One of the most attractive terrestrial orchids is the Lady’s Slipper Orchid. The botanical name is Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum and belongs to Orchidaceae family and Cypripedioideae sub family. Other … [Read more...]

Blue Cluster Vine

Blue Cluster Vine

Native of tropical America, the botanical name is Jacquemontia pentanthos and belongs to Convolvulaceae (morning-glory) family. Blue Cluster Vine is a perennial creeper and can grow up to 8 feet long … [Read more...]

Peace Lily

Peace Lily

Botanical name is Spathiphyllum wallisii and belongs to Araceae family. Peace Lily are evergreen perennial plants with large attractive leaves. The leaves grow directly from the root and are green, … [Read more...]

Kariuttarani

Kariuttarani

Common names are Blue porterweed, Blue snakeweed, and Brazilian tea. In Kannada it is known as Kariuttarani. Botanical name is Stachytarpheta jamaicensis and belongs to Verbenaceae (Verbena) … [Read more...]

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Every house with a garden in South India will have a Hibiscus plant. The flowers are plucked in the morning and are arranged aesthetically in the Pooja Room. Botanical name is Hibiscus … [Read more...]

Viola Hederacea

Viola Hederacea

Flowers of this perennial creeping evergreen plant are as pretty as its name. Viola Hederacea is the botanical name and belongs to Violaceae family. It is a native of Australia. Due to the … [Read more...]

Tree Fern

Tree Fern

I saw tree fern for the first time in Yercaud and was extremely fascinated by them since then, as I had seen them grown  only in pots. Tree fern belongs to class Polypodiopsida/Pteridopsida and to … [Read more...]

Shanka Pushpa

Shanka Pushpa

As we traverse on the country roads, we have come across the pretty Shanka Pushpa making its presence felt among the other wild plants. The botanical name is Clitoria ternatea and is also known as … [Read more...]

Punnaga Tree

Punnaga Tree

Widely grown in the coastal region of most of the tropical countries, Punnaga tree is an evergreen beautiful tree grown to beatify gardens and roads. Other common names in India are Sultan … [Read more...]

Parijata Tree

Parijata Tree

I always dreamt of a garden space where a marble Gopala Krishna idol is installed below a Parijata tree. By dawn, the idol would be worshipped automatically by the falling fragrant … [Read more...]

Mushrooms in Kukkarahalli Kere

Mushrooms in Kukkarahalli Kere

When I was walking in Kukkarahalli Kere last Sunday, I got to see many varieties of Mushrooms growing in the thicket.  Not a surprise as Mysore has received copious rains this … [Read more...]

Tropical Sage

Tropical Sage

Botanical name is Salvia Coccinea and belongs to Lamiaceae family.  Other common names of Tropical sage are Texas sage, Scarlet sage, Tropical Sage, and blood sage. Tropical Sage is a perennial … [Read more...]

Sea Poison Tree

Sea Poison Tree

Sea Poison Tree is a beach tree native of Asia and Australia. Sandy beaches and coastal regions with a dash of salt in the soil is the ideal place for these trees to grow best. Sea Poison Tree … [Read more...]

Machi Pathram

Machi Patram – Japanese Mugwort

Also known as Manchpatre in Kannada, Yomogi in Japanese, and Tite Pati in Hindi, Machi Patram - Japanese Mugwort is a perennial grown for its ornamental and medicinal values. Various species of … [Read more...]