WELCOME to the Flowers of Crete website
Flowers of Crete encourages interest in Crete's wild flowers and promotes their conservation.
Monitoring Crete’s endemic plants: in late April and early May 2014, monitoring of key species took place, undertaken by the University of Athens for the Greek government. See news here >.
Unforgettable things to do … discovering wild flowers on Crete. See news here >.
Flower of the month
More flowers month by month here.
The young leaves of rock samphire are picked and salted or pickled to provide a relish. When crushed the leaves smell of tar or petrol. It is found in coastal areas around Crete can also be found in southern Britain on sea cliffs.
Crithmum maritimum is an umbellifer, so related to carrot, hogweed etc. The names rock samphire is confusing: it's not related to the other samphires (or glassworts) Salicornia/Sarcocornia. What they have in common is fleshy leaves and being found by the coast.
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 ...
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.
You can help by keeping an eye out of the weevil and its grubs and reporting news to Flowers of Crete.