Friday, July 9, 2010

Burst of purple...

... or indigo, lilac, anyway - whatever you want to call it. Cheirolophus crassifolius (Bertoloni) is much better known as Widnet il-Baħar, and it has been designated as the national plant of Malta. It is an endemic species with a troubled taxonomic history and embellishes cliffs with its beautiful blooms during most of summer. A very hardy plant which withstands highly alkaline soil, it has also been used as an ornamental and is frequently seen in roundabouts, public gardens and roads, though it remains very rare in the wild.

To read about the Maltese national tree please click here.


  1. I've been looking for seed of Cheirolophus crassifolius - do you have any suggestions as to where I might find some?

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