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Brahma Kamal, Saussurea obvallata - Plant

brahma kamal, saussurea obvallata - plant
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The Brahma Kamal or the lotus of Lord Brahma is a rare a flower that you can find. This rare lotus is considered to be a magical flower because it is rare.

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Description for Brahma Kamal, Saussurea obvallata

The Brahma Kamal is the most revered flower of the Himalayas. It is an excellent example of plant life at high mountains (3,000-4,600 m). The flowers found in monsoons and abundant in high-altitude places like The Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib.

It blooms only once in 14 years. The bloom lasts only for a couple of hours so if you miss it, you have to wait for another 14 years.

The bloom lasts only for a couple of hours so if you miss it, you have to wait for another 14 years. The myth goes that every time a Brahma Kamal blooms, the wishes of the person(s) who see it blooming will come true

In reality, the flower blooms once is a couple of years and not 14 years but watching it bloom is truly a spiritual experience.

The scientific name for this magical flower is Saussurea obvallata. As the scientific name indicates, it is actually a type of cactus although 'kamal' means lotus

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Saussurea obvallataWhiteJune to September0.3 m (1 ft).Easy to grow

Planting and care

  • The leaves of the plant are flat and thick. The stem is almost covered by the leaves.
  • The flower emerges from the leaves. The plant must be planted just before winter.
  • It is used to growing in the chilly Himalayan region, so a bit of favourable cold weather will help it grow better.
  • To grow this flower you need plenty of indirect sunshine and, a very fertile but rocky soil.
  • We are not talking about the deeply silted soil of the lowlands but rough mountain soil.
  • The soil needs to be well draining soil so that it retains minimum water.
  • As the Brahma Kamal is a type of cactus, it does not need too much water.
  • You must water it once in two to three days unless you are in a really dry place.
  • Never over water this plant as it will get water logged and die.
  • This plant will never grow too tall.
  • It remains at the height of a shrub for years.
  • Once it achieves its full height you can make cuttings out of it and plant them in separate pots.
  • The blooming begins some time in the late evening and the flower reaches its full bloom during or after 10 pm at night.
  • SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
    Full SunWell-drained soil Medium19 °C Apply any organic fertilizer

    Caring for Brahma Kamal

    • Apply a high-potassium liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks from early spring until 6 weeks after flowering.
    • Keep moist in winter.

    Typical uses of Brahma Kamal

    Special features: It is Used to treat cerebral ischemia and paralysis of the limbs. Infact we can say the entire plant is used.

    Culinary use: NA

    Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.

    Medicinal use:

  • This plant is applied to cuts and bruises as local medicine. Brahma Kamal is s herb in Tibetan medicine and it is Sah-du Goh-ghoo.

  • It has a somewhat bitter taste and it promotes heat. It is Used to treat cerebral ischemia and paralysis of the limbs. Infact we can say the entire plant is used.


  • .Note: The following information is general guidelines. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider for guidelines.

    References

      http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/ http://www.valleyofflowers.info/flowers-found-in-valley-of-flowers/brahma-kamal-king-of-himalayan-flowers/ Read more at: http://www.boldsky.com/home-n-garden/gardening/2012/grow-brahma-kamal-030074.html
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