G is for Gulbakshi

I am writing about herbs in the 2016 April AtoZ blogging challenge. Most of the herbs written in this series are those I have seen or used. Today’s herb is one that I had seen many moons ago at my grandmother’s home and I am sure most of you would have heard about it or seen it. 

G is for Gulbakshi which is the Marathi local name for a pretty trumpet shaped flower called Mirabilis jalapa or the Four O Clock Flower. It belongs to the Nyctaginaceae family. Though a native of Peru, it is quite common in India and seems happy here! It is said to be a herbaceous perennial with ovate leaves. The showy flowers bloom late in the afternoon (which may explain its common name) and stay open till the next morning. Strangely, one plant may bear flowers of more than one colour. 

The blooms have a long ‘stem’ hence they can be braided together to form a floral garland without using a needle and thread! Try it the next time you have more than three Gulbakshi flowers!

Some flowers bloom at a specific time of the day and here is an interesting article about using blooms to create a living flower clock! 

Gerbera is yet another herb with flamboyant flowers and is popular with florists. They are long lasting and lend themselves to arrangements of many types. This is native to South Africa. 

The pink bloom in the centre is Gerbera

We are nearing the end of the first full week of the 2016 blogathon and its been a hectic time so far. How about you?
Happy blogging!

26 Replies to “G is for Gulbakshi”

  1. Love how one plant can give out flowers of different colours. Surprises of nature! and Gerberas sure pep up a bouquet!

    Great Going G!

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  2. It looks really pretty. it's good that you are giving so much of information along with the beautiful pictures!


  3. I have seent hose trumpet looking flowers. But never knew the name though. And I so love Geraberas. esp the yellow ones. They simply brighten up your day. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Such an informative post 🙂 i used to see these flowers everywhere, didn't know what they were called, thanks for the wonderful post 🙂

  5. Hi Archana, yet another informative post. Gulbakshiis such a lovely name. Gerbera I knew! Thanks for sharing
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  6. Wow.. Gulbakshi. Glad to see you're posting on Herbs. This one is too good. I'll be catching all your other posts soon. Keep writing! 🙂

  7. Gerbera is my favorite but I am happy to also know about Gulbakshi!
    Thanks for sharing such wonderful posts 🙂

    This week has been surely hectic but the good thing is due to this challenge, we get to discover new blogs and be friends with new people. I guess that's what makes it interesting..What do you think ?

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  8. Flower which bloom in afternoon, wohhaa
    And lovely clicks .

    I saw a beautiful rose too in the click …it looked healthy

    Can you guide me on planting them too ?
    I have them but isn't much healthy .

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  9. @Srivi – totally agree with you. Met new friends and interesting blogs and we still at the initial phase of the challenge. Cheers!

  10. @Dixita mour – I don't know much about rose gardening. Maybe u can consult a local nursery, check the soil or potting medium. I think roses need good sunlight so you can check for that. They also need regular spraying to keep off pests. These are few suggestions I can think of immediately! Good luck!

  11. Lovely to learn a bit more about the plants around us. I hadn't heard of the first one, but it's very pretty and I like gerberia

  12. Wonderful post, very informative! It is so awesome that this plant can have different coloured flowers! I recently bought a plant that, I was told has 2 different kind of flowers. Unfortunately, that plant didn't flourish in my garden. 🙁 I often fail to take care of a plant that has pretty flowers, but I am trying my best to learn more so I can have floral plants.

  13. I love gerbera daisies but have no luck with them in my garden. My mother used to grow four-o'clocks.

  14. I love the Gulbakshi, we use to have a bunch of them in the yard, with different colors. The Gerbera sure is very pretty.

  15. @Karnika – Good luck with your plants. I am sure they will do well with a bit of attention.:)

  16. So what exactly is the difference between a herb and a flowering plant? I thought herbs were plants with medicinal and or culinary value. GErberas are one of my favourite ornamental flowers and I've used them in my Avatar.

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