Today’s Flowers/ Sita Ashok

The Sita Ashok/Saraca indica is a tree with beautiful fragrant flowers. It blooms during this season. The picture above and below are of my tree. It’s a slow-growing small, evergreen tree and perfect for small gardens. The tree is indigeneous to India, Burma and Malaysia.

These clusters of long-tubed flowers are yellow when new but turn orange and then crimson with age as well as the effect of the sun’s rays. The long stamens make the blooms look even more spectacular. The leaves are dark green but young leaves are red, rather like the colour of mango leaves. The bark is smooth and grey.

The word Ashok means without grief. Hence this tree is also called the “sorrowless” tree. The tree’s connections with mythology and traditions can be found here.

This photo was taken at a nursery a few days ago. See how the clusters of blooms form on the branches. More details on the tree is here.

To see the most beautiful blooms, head over to Today’s Flowers @

My thanks to the TF team for hosting this wonderful meme. Wish you all a wonderful Sunday!!

About Kanak Hagjer

Hello from north-east India! I love to blog about all things floral and foliar and sharing the beauty of my region is what I am most passionate about!
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15 Responses to Today’s Flowers/ Sita Ashok

  1. guild-rez says:

    Stunning pictures and beautiful flowers.
    Very interesting information too!!
    Thank you for sharing.
    – Cheers Gisela.
    I love to study flora and fauna for a number of reasons. Preservation and conservation as well as gaining new biological understandings are just a few reasons why flora and fauna are important to researchers. Several organizations, including Fauna and Flora International (FFI), work together to use their research and findings to further policy on conservation and preservation as well as biodiversity.

  2. Chandramouli says:

    That’s a beautiful one and lovely blooms. It’s said that if not properly conserved this tree might become extinct soon. Glad to see you growing such a beauty. My Ashoka dried up due to my ignorance in the past few months… 😦
    Your photos are cheerful.

  3. Autumn Belle says:

    I like the orange-yellow flowers. They are pretty and sweet. With the fragrance and auspicious name, this tree must be heavenly!

  4. Rosie says:

    You’ve got so many lovely flowers posted that I am amazed. I’ve been browsing the earlier posts and enjoyed looking at the varieties of blooms.

  5. Carver says:

    These are very beautiful and interesting looking flowers.

  6. Ms. Burrito says:


    My flowers, have a lovely Sunday!

  7. É uma árvore interessante que se destaca no jardim. Lindas fotos!

  8. I have never seen such a tree, how unusual and beautiful.

  9. Carletta says:

    Very unique blooms! Love those little clusters.
    Thanks for your visit. 🙂

  10. lotusleaf says:

    Sita Ashok is a very special tree, mentioned in many of the works of ancient Sanskrit poets. Your pictures bring out the special charm of the flowers.

  11. Stephanie says:

    Wow these flowers are bright and lovely! Great to know the plant originates from here 😉 So, enjoy some beauty of Malaysia yeah.

  12. Indrani says:

    Nice to see the close ups of this sacred flower. Great post.

  13. A very interesting post as usual, Kanak.

  14. Titania says:

    Hi Kanak; very, very beautiful and gorgeous. I adore flowers with long stamens and changing colours. I do not grow it and did not know it. It is ineresting how the tree grows its flowers along the branches. We have similar growing habits on native Australian trees. I have my eight year old granddaughter her for a couple of sleepovers.
    while I am writing she is painting my dog Billy. I wish you a very happy week.

  15. rocksea says:

    we have a few ashoka trees at our home. one of my favs 🙂

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