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Web pages to help learn about flowers
on Crete:

Ten common flowers of Crete

Ten Cretan orchids

Ten rare plants of Crete

Flower books for Crete

For plant identification help try Cretan flora.


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Flowers of Crete encourages interest in Crete's wild flowers
and promotes their conservation.

March flower of the month
Romulea bulbocodium

Romulea bulbocodium or sand crocus can be found from sea level up to the lower mountain slopes from January through to March. It seems to thrive in sandy soil, but is also quite happy on rocky meadows and banks.

The most common form is white, but it can also be found in a more dramatic purple, which contrasts well with its bright orange throat.

Flowers of Crete holidays and courses for 2018

Holidays for 2018 with Flowers of Crete are now available.

These include flower-finding in March, late orchids in May and autumn bulbs in November.

More information about our trips on our holidays page.


Oliver Rackham 'commemorative symposium': to celebrate the life of landscape historian and author of The Making of the Cretan Landscape, who died last year, there was a commemorative symposium in the UK (Cambridge) in August 2016. More in news.

Bellevalia juliana: a new flower for Crete, named after Flowers of Crete founder, Julia Jones. More in news. Photoset of Bellevalia juliana by Stephen Lenton on Facebook here.

Cretan fritillary is an endemic subspecies found only on the island, according to research at the University of Patras. See news here >

Conserving the Cretan Lizard Orchid. Himantoglossum samariense (right) is one of Crete's most elusive and threatened plants. Julia Jones from Flowers of Crete describes recent efforts to find and protect it - read the full story here.

Himantoglossum samariense

Getting started with Crete's wonderful flowers

With some 1700 species of flowers native to Crete, of which 10 per cent are endemic, you may wonder where to start. One way is to click on the photos below. You can find out what these flowers are, and see our Flowers of Crete introductory web pages ...

Ten common flowers of Crete

Phlomis fructicosa

Ten Cretan orchids

Ophrys cretica ssp ariadnae

Ten rare plants of Crete

Crocus sieberi

Flower books for Crete

Fielding & Turland

Saving the Cretan Palm

The Cretan palm Phoenix theophrastii is found only on the coast of Crete and south-western Turkey, and on Crete is best known from Vai and Préveli.

The red palm weevil, sadly sometimes imported on cultivated palm species, is a serious threat to the near-endemic Cretan palm and every effort needs to be taken to try to stop its progress.

red palm weevil

Phoenix theophrastii at Préveli

You can help by keeping an eye out of the weevil and its grubs and reporting news to Flowers of Crete. More here.




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