Strobilanthes kunthianus

Indian Flower That Blooms Every 12 Years Under Attack

The rare, purple-blue Neelakurinji flower is so beautiful that when it carpets the hillsides, "you fall in love." But is it doomed?

Strobilanthes kunthianus is a shrub found exclusively in the Shola grasslands of South India's Western Ghats mountains. But it may be in trouble.
Photography by David Weston

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