Commonly known as Palash or Flame of the Forrest, it is a moderate sized deciduous tree, which is widely distributed across India. Between January and March, the crown is covered with a riot of orange coloured scentless flowers.
Soil: Rich, Loamy
Sunlight: Full sun
Flowers: Used to prepare traditional colour for Holi. A bright yellow to deep orange-red dye is also prepared, used especially for dyeing silk and cotton.
Religious: A sacred tree, referred to as the treasurer of Gods. The flowers are offered as in place of in sacrifice rituals to Goddess Kali.
Cultural: It is the state flower of Madhya Pradesh as well as Uttar Pradesh.