If you look at the pictures that follow  you will wonder if the scientists who named the flower Blue Morning-Glory have mixed up  their colours .

They are however  the Chameleon flowers of the hills, thus the scientists are not at fault.

The spiral buds are a shade of a baby pink. With the morning sun they transform into a beautiful shade of blue.

Oceanblue morning-glory
                                              Ocean blue morning-glory

The flower has numerous names and each picture has been captioned with one of  these several names.

It is indeed a very interesting flower as it changes colour from dawn to dusk.

The picture below of the  violet tubular flower , (characteristic of the Ipomoea family ) were taken early in the evening. The petals are curling up and have faded from a blue to a magenta-violet shade.

                        Blue  morning-glory

  Ipomoea indica is unique to the foothills of the Himalayas and found near the towns of  Mussoorie and Nainital in the hilly state of Uttaranchal.

The seeds contain alkaloids and can give a high similar to  drugs like LSD.

Ipomoea indica
                                                                      Ipomoea indica

Spotted on the hills near Mussoorie, the Blue Morning-Glory is a gorgeous creeper.

The three lobed leaves along with a multitude of flowers  covered the entire fence of a lovely cottage located on the edge of a Himalayan hill.

Blue Dawn Flower
                                                      Blue Dawn Flower

The Sweet potato ( Ipomoea batatas) or Shakarkandhi in Hindi is a cousin of the blue morning-glory as well.

Talk of cousins being similar.


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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

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