Kathmandu is looking beautiful right now due to the presence of beautiful blue flower Jacaranda.
Interesting facts about this Jacaranda tree.
There is The Jacaranda City in the Pretoria in South Africa, it is named so due to the enormous number of Jacaranda trees planted in parks, gardens and as street trees.
Purple panic is a term for student stress. Some people love to call them the exam tree. ( it’s because exam time and flowering season of Jacaranda matches in south east Queensland)
This picture is taken in the Ratna park area. Though most of the people call it by the name “Sirish ko phool” (Nepali: शिरिषको फूल) in Kathmandu but in actual “Sirish ko phool” is shown as last image of the blog (taken in Godavari area). These beautiful blue flowers seen in the side of the roads of Kathmandu is enhancing the beautiful landscape of Kathmandu. Green trees, blue jacaranda (some call it “sakambari” in Nepali but I don’t know its actual Nepali name), red dresses, dirty white pitch road. This summer is looking beautiful.
One of the finest book ever written in Nepali literature….Shirish Ko Phool… and one of my personal favorite…. is able to change the identity of the tree…. Seems crazy but the fact is true…… Shiris Ko Phool is a novel written by prominent Nepali writer Parijat (Bishnu Kumari Waiwa) and also published in English language as “The Blue Mimosa”.
While doing translation… I don’t know why… did they took that name… the blue mimosa… and the cover page image… but this was enough to give the false identify of a beautiful tree of Kathmandu.
Jacaranda is a genus of 49 species of flowering plants in the family Bignoniaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions.The word is believed to be of Guarani origin ( indigenous language of South America), meaning fragrant. It has been planted widely in Asia, especially in Nepal.
The flowers of Jacaranda are produced in conspicuous large panicles, each flower with a five-lobed blue to purple-blue corolla; a few species have white flowers (rare in Kathmandu). The fruit is an oblong to oval flattened capsule containing numerous slender seeds.
Want to grow this blue tree 🙂
Jacaranda can be propagated from grafting, cuttings and seeds, though plants grown from seeds take a long time to bloom. Jacaranda grows in well drained soil and even tolerates drought and brief spells of frost and freeze. It can be planted from the Terai up to about 1600 m.
Now lets talk a bit about much talked Sirish ko phool (actual image below).
Actually, Albizia julibrissin is actual Sirish ko phool also known as pink sirish (but blue sirish I don’t know and haven’t seen till now).
Its common name is Mimosa, Silktree, or Mimosa Tree. Mimosa is a genus of about 400 species of herbs and shrubs. In term of lower taxa i found three species link. I am still searching others.
Finally the actual species of the tree found in Kathmandu is Jacaranda mimosifolia (still need expert judgment) and the creative literature mind may have extracted word mimosifolia and wrote it as mimosa from there and the colour as blue. ( my stupid analysis :))
Anyway enjoy the beautiful blue flower Jacaranda but don’t say it as Sirish ko phool, malai ris uthera aaucha haha