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Flowering plants this month
Sea Squill (Uriginea pancration, Basal ta’ l-Għansar)
Basal ta’ l-Għansar is a common perennial, whose tall stalks up to 150m high, produce small white flowers when the plant has no leaves. After the first autumn rains the leaves sprout from a large bulb, and thus the leaves and flowers are never seen together. This plant avoids competition since it flowers during a time when few other plants are in bloom.
Ground thistle (Atractylis gummifera, Xewk tal-Mixta)
The indigenous stemless perennial, which flowers from August to December in garrigue habitats, is identified by a solitary purple flower on the ground. The flowers are found after the leaves are withered and before new ones appear.