Flowers of Crete encourages interest in Crete's wild flowers
and promotes their conservation.
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.
May flower of the month
This stunning arum can be seen all over the island, sometimes in large
colonies. It is pollinated by blow flies, which are attracted to
rotten meat and the aroma that it exudes mimics the putrid smell given
off by carrion. The fly, attracted by the smell, crawls down into the
ovary of the plant, where it becomes trapped by small downward
pointing hairs. The trapped fly both pollinates the flower and also
becomes coated with the host plants pollen. During the night the
hairs wither, allowing the fly to escape and repeat the process with a
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.
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 ...
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.