Flower of the month | April | Cistus creticus

Deciding what the flower of the month for April should be is quite hard as there is so much choice. April offers possibly the most variety in Cretan flowers, especially if you factor in all the orchids and ophrys.

For this year, I chose Cistus creticus or Pink Rockrose. It is quite a common flower so if you come to Crete in April or May you will most probably come across it.

Cistus creticus

If you touch the leaves you will notice that they are very sticky. This resin is used in the production of Labdanum, an important perfume and herbal medicine ingredient.

 

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