Bombax ceiba is commonly known as the cotton tree. This tropical tree has a straight tall trunk and its leaves are deciduous in winter. Red flowers with 5 petals appear in the spring before the new foliage.
Native Area: North India
Soil: Deep alluvial
Sunlight: Full sun
Medicinal: Used to treat Bacterial, viral and protozoal infections, various skin disorders and headaches
Flowers: Flowers are used to prepare eco-friendly colour to play with during the festival of Holi
Fruit: Floss isolated from its fruits is an used as a material for making padded surgical dressings, insulating material for refrigerators, soundproof covers and walls and is being vermin-proof. Also used for making cushions, pillows and upholstery
Religious: The whole silk cotton tree or a large branch of the tree with sacred thread, coconut and vermilion and dry grass tied over it, is fixed in the ground on Magha Purnima (full moon day of preceding month of Holika-dahan), after cleaning and worshiping the land.