15 Best Flowering Plants of Kerala

Last Updated: 23.01.2024
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Here are the 15 best flowering plants of Kerala which helps you add some local charm to your garden without any fuss.

Kerala is popular for its beauty and natural habitat. The place has a good monsoon and tropical climate, so almost all flowering plants grow in Kerala. Also, it is one of the most beautiful places that encourages healthy flowering plants. Following are some of the best flowering plants of Kerala that are popular for their beauty.

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15 Best Flowering Plants of Kerala

1. Ambal

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Botanical Name: Nymphaea nouchali

They are aquatic plants and grow in still and slow-moving water, with roots submerged in water and leaves and flowers growing above water. They bloom in a variety of colors and look stunning.

2. Arali

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Botanical Name: Nerium indicum

It is a popular shrub and is found in almost all houses. It is lovely and blooms in beautiful colors. They grow as herbs, shrubs, trees, and even as climbers.

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3. Ashokam

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Botanical Name: Saraca ashoca

The foliage and flowers are extensively helpful in the preparations of Ayurvedic medicines. Ashoka plant bears beautiful scarlet-colored flowers in all seasons and is widely grown in front of Indian houses.

4. Chempakam

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Botanical Name: Michelia chempaca

Chempakam plants are used as room fresheners because of their high fragrance. Additionally, they grow both as shrubs and trees.

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5. Chemparuthi

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Botanical Name: Hibiscus rosasinensis

Chemparuthi plant is also popular as Hibiscus. It has sepals, petals, and a stalk. The flower is trendy and available in different colors. It has good medicinal value and is quickly grown in Kerala.

6. Kashithetti or Periwinkle


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Botanical Name: Catharanthus roseus (Vinca rosea)

These are yet another plants that bear white or pink flowers in all seasons. Leaves are small, simple, and green; fruits pair follicles (2 to 4 cm long). They look stunning when mature.

7. Kanakambaram or Fire Cracker Plant

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Botanical Name: Crossandra infundibuliformis

Kanakambaram are also called firecracker plants. In addition, these shrubs burst when placed in water and so are named firecracker plants.

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8. Kanikkonna

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Botanical Name: Cassia fistula

It is also called the golden shower tree. The flower color is golden yellow and is called the official flower of Kerala. They generally bloom from April – May and look gorgeous. It is used during the Kerala festival.

9. Mandaram


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Botanical Name: Bauhinia acuminate

This plant is called White Bauhinia, which can grow to a height of only 2 meters. The flower is beautiful due to its white color and flowers every season. Additionally, with its flowers and leaf, this plant looks like a camel foot, so it got another name, also called the camel foot plant.

10. Mulla or Jasmine

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Botanical Name: Jasminum grandiflorum

Popular for its aroma and white, five-petalled flowers with tubular stalks. The leaves are generally simple and dark green. Jasmine is a favorite flower of Indians and is found easily in Kerala.

11. Nandiaryattom or Crepe Jasmine

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Botanical Name: Tabeamaemontana diverticata

They produce white fragrant flowers throughout the year; leaves are simple and dark green; fruits rarely make; propagation is done mainly through stem cuttings. They are primarily used in temples for doing prayers in the city.

12. Rajamalli

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Botanical Name: Caesalpinia pulcherrima

The plant is a spiny shrub and is a garden plant for its beautiful inflorescence with yellow and reddish flowers. The leaves are compounded with numerous leaflets and look amazing when mature. It grows upto 4 meters in height.

13. Sankhu Pushpam or Butterfly Pea

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Botanical Name: Clitoria ternatea

This flower is gorgeous because of its blue and white-mix of petals. Leaves are green pinnately compounds and have many medicinal values. Additionally, the name came from the shape of the flower looks like a shell and is a climber plant.

14. Thetti or Jungle Geranium

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Botanical Name: Ixora coccinia

Jungle Geranium have flowers in dark red and yellow. In addition, they have good medicinal values and are used in certain ayurvedic medicines. It is considered a sacred flower used in the temple for rituals.

15. Thulasi or Basil Plant

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Botanical Name: Ocimum sanctum

Thulasi, or Basil Plant, is one of the most famous herbs with small aromatic simple leaves. It is also useful as herbal tea and is popular for its medicinal uses. It is used in many medicines. The leaves are green or purple, depending on the variety.

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