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.

red and white

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”.

double holly hock

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.

a pensive monk
A Young Monk in Crimson Robes

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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.

47 thoughts on “SCARLETT ROBES”

  1. Wow, I respect botanists more now! lol It’s like an art in itself. Each flower seems to hold deep history and meaning. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Hi dear Mukul, I wasn’t on internet for a while. These flowers are so beautiful, so beautiful. I think we have one of them in our village home. Maybe from same family… when I take pictures of its flowers I share with you too. But these are amazing, and colours… Thank you, love, nia

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  4. My mother grew Hollyhocks when I was very young. After years of planting them with no result, a red variety finally grew – and now they are self-seeding all over the place! I like the idea of growing them up through a white rose.

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