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Flowering plants this month
Mediterranean Heath (Erica multiflora, Erika)
The shrub of the Mediterranean Heath can be seen along Dingli Cliffs throughout the whole year since it is evergreen, however the narrow bell-shaped flowers can now be encountered. This plant is typical of the garrigue habitat, which was highly valued in the past especially for honey making.
Borage (Borago officinalis, Fidloqqom)
The tiny star-shaped blue flowers of the Borage are now starting to appear. This plant has both edible and medicinal properties. The flowers can be tossed in salads and the leaves can be made into soup. Medicinal properties of the Borage in traditional Maltese medicine include cough treatment and anti-inflammatory.
Summer Asphodel (Asphodelus aestivus, Berwieq)
The very common Summer Asphodel flowers from January to April. It withstands winds, cold and even poor soil. Its latin name Asphodelus refers to the fact that its tubers are not harmed by fire.
Pink Pirouette (Asphodelus aestivus, Berwieq
This pink flowered plant is found in uncultivated fields and garrigue. It is a very common annual, which can be seen from January till the spring.
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.