WELCOME to the Flowers of Crete website
Flowers of Crete encourages interest in Crete's wild flowers and promotes their conservation.
Flowers of Crete holidays and courses 2015 are now open for bookings. Details of orchid-finding trips in spring and summer orchid-finding trips plus autumn bulb finding all on our holidays page. Food Foraging and Discovery Trips, and a botanic art workshop with Julia Jones in October 2015, are on our specialist holidays page.
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
Cyclamen graecum subsp. graecum
Varying from pale to deep pink, this beautiful sowbread is found in rocky habitats in October and November in western Crete, notably the Kórikos and Rodopoú peninsulas. It's also found on mainland Greece where it is common in the Peleponnese.
Cyclamen graecum flowers in October and November, though this may depend on temperatures and when the autumn rains come. It's one of five cyclamen species on Crete. The endemic Cyclamen candicum (formerly C. graecum subsp. candicum) and C. hederifolium are also autumn-flowering; C. creticum and C. persicum flower in spring.
The corm of this cyclamen was estimated to be at least 40 years old.
More flowers month by month here.
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.