Calicotome villosa or Spiny broom

 

 

 

Calicotome villosa or Spiny broom - Click to enlarge

Calicotome villosa (Spiny broom) with a few Sage-leaved rockroses (Cistus salvifolius)

Calicotome villosa or Spiny broom - Click to enlarge

A bush of spiny broom

Bermuda buttercup (Oxalys pes-caprae) in the middle of a Spiny broom bush - Click to enlarge

Bermuda buttercup (Oxalys pes-caprae) in the middle of a Spiny broom bush

Calicotome villosa detail - Click to enlarge

Calicotome villosa or Spiny broom - Detail

Spiny broom is a common sight in the Cretan countryside from sea level up to the mountains. The bushes can be over 2 m tall. It has vicious thick thorns which you want to avoid at all costs when walking. The nastiness of its spines is somewhat made up by the wonderful scent and vivid colour of its flowers (from March to June)

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