Does Mahameru Pagoda Flower Bloom Every 400 Years?!

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Does the Mahameru pagoda flower in Tibet only bloom once every 400 years?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!


Claim : Mahameru Pagoda Flower Only Blooms Every 400 Years!

People are sharing photos and a video of what they call the Mahameru pagoda flowers, claiming that they only bloom once every 400 years.

Tibet’s unique “Pagoda Flower” is auspicious. This is the Mahameru flower that blooms once every 400 years in the Himalayas.

It’s not a cabbage 🥬 but Tibet’s unique “Pagoda Flower”. I was sent this by a dear friend. It is the auspicious Mahameru flower that blooms once every 400 years in the Himalayas. Apparently lucky to see it and will give you a lifetime of good luck – now thats worth sharing! Have a wonderful evening all. Lots love cxxx 💖💖💖
#mahameruflower #goodluck #auspicious #beautyinbloom ✨💖💖💖

It is also known as Mahameru flower or Arya flower. It can be found in the Himalayas. Flowers once every 400 years. If we want to see it again, we have to wait another 400 years. Our generation is lucky. So share as much as possible. Let others see it.

這就是“寶塔花”或“瑪哈默魯”,西藏特有的吉祥花。 喜馬拉雅山上的寶塔花每400年盛開一次。 我們這一代人有幸看到寶塔花開。 請分享,讓其他人看到。 祝你後半生好運!.

This is the “pagoda flower” or “Mahameru”, a unique auspicious flower in Tibet. The pagoda flowers in the Himalayas bloom every 400 years. Our generation is fortunate to see the pagoda blossom. Please share it for others to see. Good luck for the rest of your life!

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Does Mahameru Pagoda Flower Bloom Every 400 Years?!


Truth : Mahameru Pagoda Flower Does Not Exist!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS shared on WhatsApp and social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Mahameru Flower Does Not Exist

First, let me just point out that there are no flowers that are called Mahameru.

Fact #2 : Sharing On Social Media Won’t Bring Good Luck

There is no evidence that sharing anything on social media will bring you good luck.

Fake news creators add that bit to get people to spread their misinformation.

Fact #3 : This Is The Sikkim Rhubarb

These are not flowers, but a massive vegetable known as the Sikkim Rhubarb (Rheum nobile) that is native to the Himalayas.

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Mahameru Pagoda Flower - Sikkim Rhubarb Rheum Nobile

Fact #4 : This Is The Foxtail Lily

This video which claims to show the blooming of the Mahemeru pagoda flower is really a video of the foxtail lily plant (Eremurus stenophyllus)

Foxtail lilies do not bloom only once in 400 years. They actually bloom for about three weeks every year, in June or July.

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Fact #5 : This Is The Saguaro Flower

These are not photos of the Mahameru pagoda flower. Rather, they are photos of flowers from a cactus called Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) – the state wildflower of Arizona.

The saguaro cactus is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, the Mexican state or Sonora, and the Whipple Mountains and Imperial County areas of California.

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Mahameru Pagoda Flower - Saguaro flower

Fact #6 : Pagoda Flower Exists

The pagoda flower exists, and has the scientific name of Clerodendrum paniculatum. However, it looks nothing like the three or four different flowers that people are claiming is the Mahameru pagoda flower.

The pagoda flower (Clerodendrum paniculatum)  is not native to the Himalayas, but can be found all over tropical Asia, including southern China, Taiwan, Borneo, Sumatra, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and even in Central America.

The real pagoda flower do not bloom once every 400 years, but throughout most of every year! And when it blooms, its flowers last for several weeks.

Below is a comparison I made of the real pagoda flower, with three of the most common “fake” pagoda flowers that people keep sharing on WhatsApp and social media platforms. As you can see – they look nothing alike!

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Mahameru Pagoda Flower - Mahameru pagoda flower comparison

Fact #7 : No Flower Takes 400 Years To Bloom

There are plants that take years before flowering, but there is no flower that only blooms once every 400 years.

  • The corpse flower (Amorphophallus Titanium) takes about 5 to 10 years of vegetative growth before it blooms.
  • The sheep-eating plant (Puya chilensis) can take 15-20 years to flower.
  • The Madagascar palm (Tahina spectabilis) takes about 30-50 years to flower.
  • The American aloe (Agave americana) can take 10-30 years to flower, just before dying.
  • The Queen of the Andes (Puya raimondii) also flowers at the end of its life, after approximately 80 years.
  • The bamboo Melocanna baciffera flowers every 48 years
  • The Taliport palm (Corypha umbraculifera) lives up to 60 years, and flowers just before dying.

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