6 Flowering shrubs of India that are not eaten by cattle

A garden hanging over the wall into the street could attract stray goats or cows to chew your flowering shrubs. Rest easy, if you have planted Plumeria (Temple tree), Chandni, Oleander, Kaner, Madar (Milkweed) and Manokamini, to name a few.

These grow well in temperate weather such as Bangalore in South India, and equally well in Lucknow in the plains of North India that faces extreme summer and winter. In the rainy season these  shrubs are at their very best. Now in September, their blooms are scenting the garden air.

Plumeria (temple tree)

temple tree flower


white chandni flowers shrub

I have happy memories of Chandni bushes with small bluish-grey butterflies in my garden in Lucknow.

Madar (Milkweed)

madar milkweed for butterflies

Madar leaves are  great as a home and food for caterpillars that soon turn into orange-rust butterflies.




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Yellow kaner is mentioned in the ancient Indian Sanskrit text, SrimadBhagwatam. Krishna was adorned with these flowers as he roamed the jungles and grassy patches of Vrindavan, taking care of cows and calves.


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There is quite a variety in oleander itself! Single, double, white, light pink and deep pink flowering oleander I already know.

It grows well in a large pot in a rooftop garden too, but nothing beats its spread when it takes root in the ground, especially on roadsides. It is a bushy shrub with plenty of scented flowers that attract butterflies, bees and sunbirds.

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