Thiruvananthapuram: On the eve of Kerala's biggest festival Onam, prices of flowers have shot up as making floral carpets is the most striking feature of the harvest festival.
Kerala depends largely on neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu for flowers such as gomphrena ('Vadamalli' in local parlance), crossandra (Kanakambaram), marigold (jamanthi), chrysanthemum (arali) besides, rose and jasmine which are on high demand during Onam.
Local vendors here bring them from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh according to demand.
"The all round inflation does not spare flowers as well. Like vegetables, fruits and even basic provisions, flowers are also brought from production centres in other states", a florist at the Chalai market here told PTI....more
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