Category Archives: Flowers

Bellis perennis

Daisy – Pâquerette Here in Provence the first Daisies have come up.  They stay more or less all through the winter till spring.  The flower is made up of white ray florets and yellow disc flowers.  Each little yellow bit … Continue reading

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Lavandula

Every year, on the first Sunday in July in the small hamlet of Ferrassières, a Lavender festival is held.   Ferrassières is situated  about 10 km north-east of Sault, between Mont Ventoux and Montagne de Lure.  The last time I … Continue reading

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Hypericum perforatum

Common St. John’s Wort – Millepertuis commun The name Hypericum comes from the Greek word Hypericon, indicating that the smell of the flowers was so strong, strong enough to ward off evil spirits and at the same time cleanse the … Continue reading

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Tilia cordata

Small-Leaved Lime – Tilleul The Small-Leaved Lime is a European native which grows in the wild in a mixed, deciduous woodland.  It prefers a warm position, sandy or stony soil.  Beside the Small-Leaved Lime, there is another native Lime tree, … Continue reading

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Sambucus nigra

Elderberry – Sureau noir – Sambucus nigra When you are driving around in May and you see a small tree or large shrub, covered in blossom, it is most likely to be an Elderberry. It is native to Europe, North … Continue reading

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Cytisus or Ulex

Broom – Genêt   There is much confusion among people about what is Broom and what is Gorse and which one is edible.  They are closely related, but where foraging is concerned it is quite important to make the distinction … Continue reading

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Blossom

In Provence, you feel winter is over when the first Almond blossoms appear, on the coast around the end of January and with us,  about 2-3 weeks later.  This is followed in early spring by the blossom of the Blackthorn, … Continue reading

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Linum usitatissimum

Flax – Lin This week we were walking off the road between Le Val and Bras in search of interesting plants.  Cistus salvifolius, in certain stretches, was covering the sides of the road.  This is a white flowering Cistus with a … Continue reading

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Thymus vulgaris

Thyme – Thym Thyme grows in dry, rocky places.  It is a native to Spain, southern France and Italy.  Next to Rosemary, Thyme is the most common herb in our area.  Thyme has been, and still is, an important culinary … Continue reading

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Tragopogon pratensis and Tragopogon porrifolius

Goat’s Beard – Salsifis des prés It is quite a common plant in our area.  An annual to perennial, 30-80 cm tall with a 25 cm long edible taproot. The leaves half clasp the stem, they are grass-like, tapered to … Continue reading

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