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Flowering plants this month
Wild Thyme (Thymbra capitata, Sagħtar)
The violet-coloured flowers of the indigenous aromatic shrub of the Mediterranean Thyme can be seen along the Dingli Cliffs’ garrigue habitat during this time of the year. A number of bees may be seen buzzing through thyme flower clusters, enabling pollination. Although the thyme is common in garrigue regions, it has been protected by law since 1932 and listed in the EU’s Habitats Directive.
Wild Artichoke (Cynara cardunculus, Qaqoċċ Salvaġġ)
This thistle-like plant, which flowers between May and June, can be found in garrigue, steppe and disturbed ground. It can grow up to 1m in height. Its violet flower-heads attract numerous pollinating insects, while the spines discourage herbivorous animals. The Wild Artichoke is a variant of the cultivated Globe Artichoke.
Wild Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare, Bużbież Salvaġġ)
The sweet scent of the fennel leaves is unmistakable during these times of the year, while yellow-flowered umbers are visible. The wild fennel thrives in numerous habitats, ranging from garrigue to abandoned land.Wild Fennel seeds,as sold in small packets at the centre are often used to flavour food dishes.