Pinwheel flower is also called as Crape Jasmine, Crape Gardenia, Carnation of India, Moonbeam. In Kannada we call it as Nandi Battalu. Its botanical name is Tabernaemontana divaricata. It is an evergreen shrub native to India and cultivated throughout South East Asia.
Pinwheel flower plant grows to a height of 5-6 feet. Its leaves are shiny and dark green in color and about 6 inches in length and 2 inches in width. The waxy blossoms are found in small clusters on the stem tips. Its root have a bitter taste. The flowers have the shape of pinwheel, so it is popularly known as pinwheel flower. The flowers bloom throughout the year.
Hindus use these flowers to worship Gods, specially to Lord Ganesha. In ayurveda these plants are used for medicinal purposes. It is very useful medicine for eye infection. Therefore petals of this flower is used to make eye liner.
Sometimes plant will die because of the attack of caterpillars, roundworms etc.. This can be controlled by the spraying of organic pesticides.
These pictures are taken from my Grandpa’s garden which is right in front of our house. I feel lucky to see those beautiful flowers every day. Enjoying its beauty make me feel fresh and energetic.