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Flowering plants this month
Yellow-throated crocus (Crocus longiflorus, Żagħfran Salvaġġ)
The yellow-throated crocus grows frequently in garrigue habitats, blooming into a lilac-violet coloured flower, for only a few days. The wild crocus is related to the Crocus sativus, from which the saffron spice is extracted from the three bright orange stigma of the crocus to add colour, spice and flavouring in food.
Stemless Atractylis (Atractylis gummifera, Xewk tal-Mixta)
This plant has a solitary purple flower on the ground, often seen between August and December. The flowers are found after the leaves are withered and before new ones appear.
Autumn Buttercup (Ranunculus bullatus, Ċfolloq)
The bright yellow Autumn Buttercup which grows in garrigue, maquis and steppic habitats, flowers in autumn. This perennial plant grows between 6-15cm high, with solitary flowers held onto erect flower stems.
Sweet Alison (Lobularia maritima, Buttuniera)
Late Narcissus (Narcissus serotinus, Narċis imwaħħar)
Hare’s Tail Grass (Lagurus ovatus, Denb il-Fenek)
The annual grass is quite common along Dingli Cliffs, found even in disturbed habitats and abandoned agricultural land. The flower pannicle is elongated, soft, hairy and greyish resembling rabbits’ tails.