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Flowering plants this month
Ground thistle (Atractylis gummifera, Xewk tal-Mixta)
The indigenous stemless perennial, which flowers from August to December in garrigue habitats, can be recognised by a solitary purple flower on the ground. The flowers are found after the leaves are withered and before new ones appear.
Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima, Buttuniera)
This common plant, which produces very small whitish flowers (about 5mm diameter), often grows in garrigue areas and along waysides. Its name derives from the flowers’ sweet scent. The flowering period of the Sweet Alyssum is quite long from October to June, however it is now currently very visible since numerous winter flowering plants are yet to bloom.
Late Narcissus (Narcissus serotinus, Narċis Imwaħħar)
Autumn Squill (Prospero autumnale, Għansar tax-Xitwa)
The Autumn Squill is a very common plant in garrigue and soil patches of the karst terrain, however it is difficult to notice. The plant is only 4 to 8cm high, with miniature pinkish flowers that make it much more difficult to spot. The flowers appear after the first rains, and the leaves appear just after the flowering season ends.