Parijat Variegated ‘Shiuli’, Nyctanthes Arbor-Tristis, Night-Flowering Jasmine, Coral Jasmine, Harshringar, Hengra Bubar
Parijat Variegated 'Shiuli'
These beautiful, mysterious flowers primarily bloom at night and falls down as soon as the first rays of sun hit. The flowers are fragrant and spread a sweet aroma in the surrounding. The plant has religious significance in the Hindu religion and is therefore considered sacred. According to folklore, a princess ‘Parijataka’, who was in love with the Sun tried to win the heart of the Sun. When he rejected her, she committed suicide and a tree sprung from her ashes. Unable to stand the sight of her lover, the tree flowers only at night and sheds them like tear drops before the sun rises.
The flowers are used as a source of yellow dye for clothing. The plant finds its use in various medicinal ailments and industries. Parts of the plant provide remedy to inflammation, malaria, stomach ailments etc. The leaves are anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic, anti-oxidative and anti-fungal. The flower oil is also very prominently used as a perfume.
Shiuli flowers have four to eight petals arranged above a vibrant orange tube in a pinwheel pattern. Shiuli is known as Night-flowering Jasmine and Coral Jasmine worldwide. Parijat grows in the outer Himalayas, and are found in tracts of Jammu & Kashmir, Nepal to East of Assam, Bengal, Tripura extended through the Central region up to Godavari in the South. Besides India, they are found in Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal and Pakistan. The flower is the official flower of the state of West Bengal, India, and for Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand.
The plant is a sun loving plant and thrives best in sunny locations. The plant required about 3 hours of direct morning sunlight with natural bright light for the rest of the day. Watering is very crucial for this plant. The plant can quickly die of root rot, so do not over-water. Water the plant when the top 2 inches dry off, preferably in early morning or evening. Water deeply during the summer months and reduce during winters.
Dos and Don’ts after receiving the plant
- Do not re-pot the plant immediately after receiving. We’ve taken care of that with better pot and rich soil.
- Keep the plant in indirect sunlight for 3 to 7 days.
- Always check the soil moisture and keep the plant hydrated all time. Do not over water it.