Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"
Anchusa cespitosa is possibly the most beautiful of the Greek ravine plants. It has very short stems and elongated, hairy leaves, arranged in small rosettes. It has tiny dazzling blue flowers and like almost all the plants growing in the high (and dry) altitudes it needs the hairs on its leaves to collect the little humidity there is at night.
Anchusa cespitosa is a rare endemic flower of the White Mountains in Crete. It generally grows between 1400 and 2200 metres and flowers from April to July. The Cretan shepherds call it blávi which means 'blue'. I wonder how they found that name ... ^^
Image: Gingilios (Crete) - 15/04/2010
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