The Himalayan Flowers

The Himalayan range in Asia has the earth’s biggest peaks. Making up for the daunting as well as the most scenic sights, this mountain range has an elevation of over 23,600 ft.  Thanks to its vast and complex topography, the range goes through a zigzag of climates. We have cold, almost desert-like dry conditions on the Tibetan side and on the other hand, we are welcomed with humid subtropical climate. However, we don’t have anything to complain, because many lush, gorgeous and breathtaking fauna and flowers find the Himalayan range to be their ideal habitat!

 Primula flower in HimalayaPrimula flower in Himalaya

Primula is among the first flowers to bloom in the valleys of the Himalayas. The flowers bloom in March, and throughout July. The flowers grow in clusters, each flower consists of small, five heart-shaped petals and with a long corolla tube. During the blooming phase, the flowers can be seen all over, in shrubberies, meadows as well as slopes.  From a distance, the flowers look like fluttering away in the wind amidst the carpets of other flowers. Primula leaves are oblong and have toothed edges. The texture of the leaves is wavy and wrinkled.

Fragaria in Himalaya

Fragaria flower in HimalayaFragaria is also called the garden strawberry and is widely grown in the Himalayas. Known for its sweet taste and strong fragrance, fragaria flowers grow in banks and forests. The plant grows as a perennial and has trifoliate leaves. The small flowers are white in colour and five petals. The flowers make way for strawberry fruits that are ripened in June. In ancient Europe, strawberry was believed to be the fruit of temptation and evil and capable of turning people into monsters. The leaves of a strawberry plant are used to make herbal tea, which is considered to be an effective remedy to treat diarrhoea, IBS and urinary infections.

Wild Rose in Himalaya

Wild rose flower in HimalayaAlso known as musk rose, wild rose can be seen all over the place in the Himalayan valleys. Be it cliffs, beddings, hills or boulders, the white or pink flowers make for a pretty sight in the summer, most likely in the month of May. Upon maturation, the flowers give way to red fruits, called rose-hip. The flowers have a strong scent and are pollinated by insects for their nectar. The plant has thorns and even leaves have pointed tops. However, some varieties of the flower don’t have a prickly stem or toothy-edged leaves. The wood of the plant is used to make walking sticks for the elderly. The locales used the flowers to extract perfume and the fruit concoction is used as a cough syrup as it has a high content of vitamin C.

Anemone Bloom in Himalayaanemone flower himalaya

Blue Himalayan anemone also grows in different shades such as white. The white anemone has pink tinge on the reverse and distinctive yellow stamens. The flowers grow on straight and smooth stalks. The plant grows as a perennial and due to the long stalks can be noticed from a distance. The blooming phase for the plants begins in June and continues throughout September. Some of the varieties get into blooming phase in Spring while some don’t start blooming until fall. Since spring brings strong wind, anemone flowers are also called windflowers.

Narilathaor naked woman flowerNarilatha naked woman flower

Part of the internet hoax, narilathaor liyathambara flowers took everyone by surprise. The story doing rounds on the internet was of the flowers that grow only in the Himalayan region and once in 20 years. What’s more surprising is that the flowers take the shape of a naked woman upon maturation. However, there is no scientific data or research to back the claim and only pictures on the social media that couldn’t be verified.