Neelakurinji, as it is locally known, blooms once in 12 years. The plant lives for a year and then disappears and returns after 12 years. The flower and the plant have no known medicinal properties. The flowering cycle was first recorded in 1838 but the tribals of the area knew about it much before.
The tourists are attracted to the mass flowering of Kurinji which transforms the hillsides into a mauve colored carpet. Most of the tourists are not aware that they are watching an endangered plant. Kurinji is mainly found in the shola grasslands of the
The shola grassland ecosystem in the