Blue Flowers Found in Valley of Flowers – Blue Poppy Holidays !

Various Blue colored flowers found in Valley of flowers.

Dramatically there are many different blue flowers found in valley of flowers. You go in any season you will find at least 40% of flowers in blue color. Queen of Himalayas- Blue poppy, Aconitum balfourii, Cynanthus Microphyllus, Cyananthus Lobatus, Saussurea Simpsoniana are a few of them

There are many blue colored flowers found in Valley of flowers. Some of them are listed here. You can comment at the end of the page.

Aconitum balfourii, Indian Aconite, Meetha Vish, Mintha

Aconitum-balfourii in valley of flowers
Aconitum-balfourii in valley of flowers

Family nameRanunculaceae
Botanical NameAconotium Balfourii
English NameIndian Aconite
Local NameMeetha Vish, Mintha. Sanskrit Name- Vatsanaabh.
Flowering timeJuly to Mid September. But you will find it in valley of flowers only in late August to mid September. This picture was clicked on 4th September, 2012.
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersThis flower is not so common in valley of flowers. But it is so prominent in color that you can not miss it if it is there in valley of flowers. We have seen it many time near the big rock (Generally people take rest under this rock) at the official starting point of valley of flowers.
Other flowers of the family Aconitum violaceum
Other InformationThe word Aconitum is derived from word Acon means arrow.. In ancient times Greek hunters used to smear juice of the root on arrows for hunting.

Aconitum Violaceum, Indian Aconite, Kadwi

Aconitum-violaceum in valley of flowers
Aconitum-violaceum in valley of flowers

Family nameRanunculaceae
Botanical NameAconitum violaceum
English NameIndian Aconite
Local NameKadwi
Flowering timeJuly to Mid September. But you will not find it easily in valley of flowers. You can find them at Hemkund Shahib Lake in mid September. This picture was clicked on 19th September, 2012 at Hemkund Shahib Lake .
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersYou can find this flower in mid September at Hemkund Shahib Lake and on the way to Hemkund Shahib (last one kilometer).
Other flowers of the familyAconitum balfourii
Other InformationThe word Violaceum means which possess blue color. All parts of the plant are highly Poisonous. Locally the plant is used as narcotic and in treatment of scorpion bites.

Blue Poppy, Meconopsis Aculeata, Neela Posta

blue-poppy in valley of flowers hemkund shahib
blue-poppy in valley of flowers and Hemkund shahib

Family namePapavaraceae (Poppy family).
Botanical NameMeconopsis aculeata.
English NameBlue Poppy
Local NameNeela Posta.
Flowering timeJune to September. But to see it in abundance you should visit Hemkund Sahib in first half of August. Although you may find some lonely flower till September end also.
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersYou can find this flower in abundance at Hemkund Sahib Lake and on the way to Hemkund Sahib (last one kilometer). Also you can find some flowers after walking just 200 meters from entry gate of Valley of Flowers. The picture above is taken at Hemkund Sahib Lake
Other InformationThe word Aculeata means prickle. As the plant bears tiny thrones through out. It is also called as Queen of Himalayan flowers. The whole plant is used as a tonic. It is endangered. Roots are poisonous.

Cynanthus Microphyllus

Cyananthus-Microphyllus in valley of flowers
Cyananthus-Microphyllus in valley of flowers

Botanical NameCynanthus microphyllus.
English NameCynanthus microphyllus.
Flowering timeAugust to October. Since Valley of flowers officially closes on 4th October every year you may witness this flower only up to 4th October. In fact this is one of the varieties which are available during this time (late September).
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersYou can find this flower in the middle of Valley of flowers. There is a colony of Cynanthus microphyllus just after crossing first river (with out bridge).
Other flowers of the familyCyananthus Lobatus
Other InformationThe word Microphyllus means vary small leaves. The leaves are very small as compared to the size of flower.

Cyananthus Lobatus, Trailing Bellflower

cyananthus-lobatus,Trailing Bellflower. in valley of flowers
cyananthus-lobatus,Trailing Bellflower. in valley of flowers

Family nameCyananthus.
Botanical NameCynanthus Lobatus.
English NameTrailing Bellflower.
Flowering timeJune to September. You will more of this flower at the end of season. Specially during the month of September you will find huge colonies of cyananthus-lobatus (Trailing Bellflower) in valley of flowers
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersYou will find this flower at the middle of Valley of flowers.
Other flowers of the familyCynanthus microphyllus
Other InformationThe word Cyananthus means dark blue flowers. and Lobotus means lobed, referring to lobed leaves.

Saussurea Simpsoniana, Yogeshwar

saussurea-simpsoniana, Yogeshwar in valley of flowers.
saussurea-simpsoniana, Yogeshwar in valley of flowers.

Botanical NameSaussurea simpsoniana
English NameSacred Saussurea.
Local NameYogeshwar
Flowering timeJuly to October
Where will you find it in Valley of flowers You will find it only at Hemkund Shahib Lake . This picture was clicked on 6th September, 2012 at Hemkund Shahib Lake . You will not find this flower at Valley of Flowers
Other flowers of the family Saussurea Gossypiphora
Other InformationThe roots are used in the treatment of male sterility.

Corydalis Cashmeriana, Blue Corydalis, Kashmir Corydalis

corydalis cashmeriana, blue corydalis, Kashmir corydalis
corydalis cashmeriana, blue corydalis, Kashmir corydalis

Family nameFumariaceae (Fumitory Family)
Botanical NameCorydalis cashmeriana, in Valley of flowers
English NameBlue corydalis, Kashmir corydalis.
Flowering timeMay to September.
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersYou will find this flower in abundance in first week of June in Valley of flowers. You will find it on the bank of frozen river just after entering the Valley of flowers gate. This picture is taken in first week of June in Valley oof flowers
Other flowers of the familyCodonopsis Rotundifolia
Corydalis Cornuta
Other InformationThe word Corydalis is derived from Greek word Korudalos means Lark.

Geranium Wallichianum, Ratanjot, Kaphlya, Laljar

Geranium-wallichianum, Wallich's Geranium, Ratanjot, Kaphlya, Laljar in Valley of flowers
Geranium-wallichianum, Wallich’s Geranium, Ratanjot, Kaphlya, Laljar in Valley of flowers

Family nameGeraniaceae (Geranium Family)
Botanical NameGeranium wallichianum
English NameGeranium
Local NameRatanjot, Kaphlya, Laljar
Flowering timeJuly to September
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersYou will find it in abundance in Valley of flowers. In fact it paints Valley of flowers with its Blue-violet color. Geranium wallichianum. is one of the most beautiful flower in the Valley of flowers. It looks more beautiful with due drops on it (Some time you can see this even after soft drizzle in day time also.) It along with Campanula Latifolia and Polemonium paints valley of flowers in Blueish purple shade.
Other InformationIt is named after Nathaniel Wallich, a surgeon and botanist. He was involved in development of botanical garden Calcutta.

Campanula Latifolia, Large Bellflower

campanula-latifolia in Valley of Flowers
campanula-latifolia in Valley of Flowers

Family nameCampnulaceae (Bellflower family)
Botanical NameCampanula Latifolia
English NameLarge Bellflower
Flowering timeJune to August
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersYou can find it easily in Valley of flowers provided you visit in its peak flowering season i.e. mid July to mid August. It paints the Valley of flowers in its bluish shade. This flower is seen in huge colonies. You can find it easily near a big rock at official starting point of Valley of flowers. You can find this flower easily in valley of flowers, provided you visit in mid July. You can find this flower easily in valley of flowers, provided you visit in mid July. It along with Geranium and Polemonium paints valley of flowers in Blueish purple shade.
Other InformationIn the year 2012 we have seen and clicked a rare white Campanula Latifolia in Valley of flowers it may be a result of gene mutation.

Cicerbita Macrorhiza, Violet Dandelion, Chyate

cicerbita-macrorhiza in Valley of Flowers
cicerbita-macrorhiza in Valley of Flowers

Family nameCicerbita Wallroth
Botanical NameCicerbita Macrorhiza
English NameViolet Dandelion
Local NameChyate
Flowering timeAugust to October
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersYou can find it on your way just before crossing a wooden bridge at official starting point of Valley of flowers.
Other InformationThe word Macrorhiza derived from Macro means large and Rhiza means root stock, referring to large rootstock.

Gaultheria Trichophylla, Creeping snowberry, East wintergreen, Checkberry, Himalayan Snowberry, Bher, Bhui kaphal, Bhuinala, Jheri

Gaultheria trichophylla in Valley of Flowers
Gaultheria trichophylla in Valley of Flowers

Family nameGaultheria Linnaeus
Botanical NameGaultheria Trichophylla
English NameCreeping snowberry, East wintergreen, Checkberry, Himalayan snowberry
Local NameBher, Bhui kaphal, Bhuinala, Jheri
Flowering timeJune to September
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersThis grows in abundance in Valley of flowers, but you may not see it if you don't know about the exact location. You can see it just after crossing a wooden bridge next to official starting point of Valley of flowers. After crossing the bridge you need to ascend for about ten to fifteen meters and there on your left side slope you can see these beautiful berries hidden in leaves. If you visit before 15th July you may not see these berries but tiny and beautiful flowers.
Other InformationThese fruits are edible. But please don't pluck them as doing so is not allowed as per India laws. The park is protected.

Gentiana Pedicellata, Choti Buggi

Gentiana pedicellata in Valley of Flowers
Gentiana pedicellata in Valley of Flowers

Family nameGentianceae Gentian Family
Botanical NameGentiana Pedicellata
English NameGentiana Pedicellata
Local NameChoti Buggi
Flowering timeJune to Late July
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersYou can find it just hundred meters from the entry gate (Frozen river) of Valley of flowers in June month. This picture was clicked in June first week, 2012.
Other InformationThe word Pedicellata means with small pedicels or flower stalks.

Gentiana Phyllocalyx

Gentiana phyllocalyx in Valley of Flowers
Gentiana phyllocalyx in Valley of Flowers

Family nameGentianaceae Gentian Family
Botanical NameGentiana Phyllocalyx
English NameGentiana Phyllocalyx
Flowering timeJune to September.
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersYou can will not find it in valley of flowers. But you can find it at Hemkund Sahib lake. On the other side of the lake you can find small colonies of this flower. This picture was taken in second week of September.
Other InformationPhyllocalyx means having leafy calyx / sepal lobes.

Iris Kemaonensis, Balupuchhya, Lathum

Iris Kemaonensis in Valley of Flowers
Iris Kemaonensis in Valley of Flowers

Family nameIridaceae
Botanical NameIris Kemaonesis
English NameIris Kemaonesis
Local NameBalupuchhya, Lathum
Flowering timeJune to August
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersYou can find it just hundred meters from the entry gate (Frozen river) of Valley of flowers in June month. This picture was clicked in June first week, 2012.
Other InformationRootstocks contain poisonous chemicals like Irisin and Iridin.

Phlomis Bracteosa, Jamtikle

Phlomis Bracteosa in Valley of Flowers
Phlomis Bracteosa in Valley of Flowers

Family namePhlomis Linnaeus
Botanical NamePhlomis Bracteosa
English NamePhlomis Bracteosa
Local NameJamtikle
Flowering timeJuly to September
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersYou can find this flower in main part of Valley of flowers (In open slopes). After entering the main part you can spot this flower easily among many others. Although this flower can be seen up to September but to spot it easily the best time is mid July to Mid August.
Other InformationThe term Phlomis is derived from Phlogmos which means flame. The heirs on the seeds are used for the wicks.

Polemonium Caeruleum, Himalayanum Jacob’s ladder

Polemonium Caeruleum in Valley of Flowers
Polemonium Caeruleum in Valley of Flowers`

Family namePolemoniaceae (Phlox Family
Botanical NamePolemonium Caeruleum
English NameHimalayanum Jacob's ladder.
Flowering timeJune to September
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersYou can find this flower easily in valley of flowers, provided you visit in mid July. It along with Geranium, Campanula Latifolia paints valley of flowers in Blueish purple shade.
Other InformationThe plant was first used as a medicinal herb in ancient Greece. The ancient Greeks used the root to treat dysentery, toothaches and animal bites. The plant was also found in a few European pharmacies during the nineteenth century and was used as an antisyphilitic agent and to treat rabies. Today, the plant is usually used in potpourris and is boiled in olive oil to make black dyes and hair dressing, but it has few other significant uses.

Anemone obtusifolia, Himalayan Thimble, Kalkrya, Kanch Phool, Ratanjot

Anemone obtusifolia in Valley of Flowers
Anemone obtusifolia in Valley of Flowers

Family nameAnemone (Linnaeus)
Botanical NameAnemone Obtusifolia
English NameHimalayan Thimble
Local NameKalkrya, Kanch Phool, Ratanjot
Flowering timeMay to early August
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersYou can see this flower even before reaching Ghangaria after crossing the helipad ground. Also it can be seen near to Ghangaria towards Valley of flowers and Hemkund Sahib. You can see this flower in abundance in the month of July.
Other InformationAnemone is derived from Anemos which means wind. This flowers closes its petals in the evening and during the rains.

Aster Albescens, Fading Himalayan Aster, Lilac Himalayan Aster, Aster Linnaeus

Aster Albescens in Valley of Flowers
Aster Albescens in Valley of Flowers

Family nameAsteraceae (Aster or Sun Flower Family)
Botanical NameAster Linnaeus
Common nameFading Himalayan Aster, Lilac Himalayan Aster.
English NameAster Linnaeus
Flowering timeJune to September
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersAster albescens is found mainly from Ghangaria to Entry gate of Valley of flowers in the month of July. You will find this flower in abundance and no need to worry for missing this flower if you are coming from mid July to mid August. The better chances are in upper half. The name aster means star and can be easily seen in the shape of the beautiful flower. This flower can be seen in background of Arisaema Propinquum. You can not find this flower easily inside the valley of flowers.
Other InformationFading Himalayan Aster is a rambling shrub with rather large lanceshaped pointed leaves, and with numerous small flower-heads with prominent lilac ray-florets, borne in flat-topped clusters, up to 10 cm across, at branch ends. Flower-head are 8 mm across, ray-florets slender, disc florets yellow. The cup below the flower-head is bell-shaped with many rows of narrow bracts.

Aster Diplostephioides, Creeping Aster

Aster Diplostephioides in Valley of Flowers
Aster Diplostephioides in Valley of Flowers

Family nameAstern (Linnaeus)
Botanical NameAster Diplostephioides
English NameCreeping Aster
Flowering timeJune to September
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersAster Diplostephioides or Creeping Aster is found in the far end of the valley of flowers near and inside Pushpawati River Bed. You can find it easily in the month of July and up to mid August.
Other InformationCreeping aster is a low growing aster, and almost creeps. It is a neat clump forming plant producing large lilac mauve flowers from July to September. It has lance like leaves, which may be lost in the grassy growth of the surrounding. The word Diplostephioides means double crown, referring to the shape of the flowers.

Astragalus Himalayanus, Himalayan Milk Vetch, Semuel

Astragalus Himalayanus in Valley of Flowers
Astragalus Himalayanus in Valley of Flowers

Family nameFabaceae (Pea Family)
Botanical NameAstragalus Himalayanus
English NameHimalayan Milk Vetch
Local NameSemuel
Flowering timeJune to August
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersYou can find this flower after walking for two kilometers from the entry gate of valley of flowers.
Other InformationHimalayan Milk Vetch is an erect or spreading perennial hern, with rather dense rounded clusters of lilac or mauve flowers, borne on stalks usually longer than the subtending leaves. Flowers are often many in each cluster, each 1-1.5 cm long.

Campanula Pallida, Pale Bellflower, गानॊबूटी Gaanobuti , नेपाली विख Nepali Bikh

Campanula Pallida in Valley of Flowers
Campanula Pallida in Valley of Flowers

Family nameCampanulaceae (Bellflower Family)
Botanical NameCampanula Pallida
English NamePale Bellflower
Local Nameगानॊबूटी Gaanobuti , नेपाली विख Nepali bikh in Nepalese.
Flowering timeJune to October
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersCampanula Pallida or Pale Bellflower is generally not found in Valley of flowers. You can find this flower on your trek to Ghangaria from Govindghat. This plant is found at an altitude of 1300 to 3000 meters.
Other InformationIt is a much branched hairy-stemmed plant, about 15-60 cm tall, bearing lax clusters of small bluish-white or pale-blue flowers. Pale Bellflower is a beautiful wildflower, commonly found in the Himalayas at lower altitudes.

Commelina Benghalensis, Bengal Spiderwort, Kanjula, Kansura

Commelina Benghalensis in Valley of Flowers
Commelina Benghalensis in Valley of Flowers

Family nameCommelinaceae (Spiderwort Family)
Botanical NameCommelina Benghalensis
English NameBengal Spiderwort
Local NameKanjula, Kansura
Flowering timeJuly to October
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersYou can find this flower from Govindghat to Ghangaria. While trekking you may find this flower on your way. This flower is generally not available in Valley of flowers.
Other InformationIn China, the plant is used medicinally as a febrifuge, diuretic and anti-inflammatory. In Pakistan and Nepal it is used as animal fodder and also eaten by humans as a vegetable. It is also used medicinally as a laxative and to cure inflammations of the skin. In Nepal use a paste derived from the plant to treat burns, and treat indigestion with a juice produced from the roots. In general it can be used as vegetable by humans and as animal fodder.

Erigeron Multiradiatus, Rayhanda

Erigeron Bellidioides in Valley of Flowers
Erigeron Bellidioides in Valley of Flowers

Family nameErigeron (Linnaeus)
Botanical NameErigeron Multiradiatus
English NameRayhanda
Flowering timeAugust to September
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersThis is on the flowers which are available in September also when most of the other flowers are in their last phase or already matured. You can see Erigeron Multiradiatus very easily at various locations in valley of flowers. Starting from the entry gate to the Pushpawati River bed you can find this flower every where specially in the month of September (first half).
Other InformationThe term Multiradiatus refers to the presence of may radiating florets.

Lactuca Dolichophylla, Gringalik

Lactuca Dolichophylla in Valley of Flowers
Lactuca Dolichophylla in Valley of Flowers

Family nameLactuca (Linnaeus)
Botanical NameLactuca Dolichophylla
English NameLactuca Dolichophylla
Local NameGringalik
Flowering timeJuly to October
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersYou can find this flower on the way to Ghangaria from Govindghat. You can find it on the sides of the trek to Ghangaria. This flower is not found in valley of flowers as it is found at an altitude of 1300 to 1800 meters.
Other InformationThe word Lactuca means milk bearing referring to milky latex present.

Saussurea Piptathera

Saussurea Piptathera
Saussurea Piptathera

Family nameSaussurea (De Candolle)
Botanical NameSaussurea Piptathera
English NameSaussurea Piptathera
Flowering timeJuly to September
Where will you find it in Valley of flowersYou can find Saussurea Piptathera near the Pusphawati River Bed in Valley of Flowers and near Hemkunt Sahib Lake.
Other InformationThis flower is found at an altitude range of 3200-3800 m.

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