If you have ever been to a Buddhist Monastery you may have observed Monks in Crimson or Maroon Robes.
I was blessed with a Wonderful Sight of a Row of Crimson Skyscrapers of Hollyhocks (English),Gulkhaira (Hindi) ,Alcea rosea ( Scientific Name) at the Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, India.
Hollyhocks or Alceas come in an assortment of colours , however these gorgeous Crimson or Scarlett blossoms were simply awesome as they lined the path leading to the Wonderful Rumtek Monastery.
Alcea is derived from the Greek word Althea which means “To Cure” and that is exactly what these eye candies do. They have numerous Medical applications and cure many a ailment.
Alceas or hollyhocks grow on extremely tall Single stems which have no branches . The Entire Stem is covered with a Cascade of Large Glorious Blossoms.
These beauties belong to The Hibiscus family ” Malvacae”.
The Enchanting Crimson Colour seems to have rubbed off from the Signature Maroon Robes of the Monks of the Monastery or is the other way around ? Who Knows???
I leave you with an Image of a young Monk to Judge for yourself.