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About flowers in Crete

Flower of the month | April | Tulipa saxatilis

As the weather warms up spring flowers start appearing higher up in the hills. One of the most impressive displays (if you can catch it at just the right time) is the flowering of Tulipa saxatilis (also known as Tulipa … Continue reading

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Flower of the month | March| Ferula communis | Giant fennel

The huge flowers of the Giant fennel or Ferula communis are starting to show up along the roadsides, on low cliffs and in fields. The plant is up to 3m tall so it is impossible to miss.  

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Flower of the month | February | Anthemis chia | Chamomile

Anthemis chia, the most common Greek chamomile, is found in olive groves, road sides and fields. Anthemis chia starts flowering in February and can form large, soft carpets of flowers like in the picture below.  

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Flower of the month | January | Mandragora officinarum

If you walk along countryside tracks or through barren fields at this time of the year you will probably notice the large flowers of Mandragora officinarum or Mandrake. The flowers are mainly purple to violet but can also be found … Continue reading

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Flower of the month | December| Crocus cartwrightianus

The spectacular Crocus cartwrightianus is the wild ancestor of the saffron crocus and flowers in November and December. So far it has only been found to grow on the peninsulas  of Akrotiri and Gramvousa and at Falasarna. It is said … Continue reading

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Flower of the month | October | Colchicum macrophyllum

Colchicum macrophyllum is one of the few autumn flowers of Crete and can be found in the eastern Aegean.  

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Flower of the month | September | Crithmum maritimum

Crithmum maritimum or Rock samphire always grows near the sea, in rocks, cliffs and sand. It flowers from August to October.

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Flower of the month | August | Bupleurum kakiskalae

August is not a great month in Crete for flowers but you can find some interesting ones in the mountains. One of the rarest flowers in Crete (listed as critically endangered in the IUCN Red List) goes by the weird … Continue reading

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Flower of the month | July | Anchusa cespitosa

In the summer months most of the low level vegetation has dried out and there are far less flowers than in the spring months. Up in the high mountains it’s a different story: June and July is still spring time … Continue reading

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Flower of the month | June | Nerium oleander – Oleander

Oleander is a native plant of Crete and is very commonly found in watercourses, even when no water is flowing. The flowers in the wild are pink. Oleander flowers from April to July with its peak around June. This is … Continue reading

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