The flowers of Kythira

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Kythera is an island known as “the island of flowers” because of the great variety and beauty of its flowers. Besides its unique flowers it is known for its mild climate, its natural beauty. The island is home to about 500 species of flowers. These flowers can be found all over the island, in fields, forests and gardens. They bloom in spring and summer, adding a wonderful splash of color to the landscape.

Some of the flowers and wild flowers that are often found in the natural landscape of the Kythira island.

Daffodil: A tall, white flower with a characteristic pyramid shape. It is often associated with Greek mythology and symbolizes death.
Manousaki or Narcissus: A small, purple or white flower with a sweet strong smell. It symbolizes innocence and purity.
Crocus: A purple or white flower with a strong fragrance. It is used to produce the precious saffron.
Eucalyptus: A shrub with pink or white flowers that blooms in spring. It symbolizes optimism and hope.
Orchid: A rare and impressive flower with a wide variety of colors and shapes. It symbolizes beauty and luxury.
Cyclamen of Kythira is an endemic species, meaning it does not grow anywhere else in the world.
Sembreviva is a particularly popular flower in Kythira. It is a small, yellow flower that is said to symbolize eternal love. Sembreviva is the only flower in the world that can maintain its color and shape for years without water.
Blue Lupine is another popular flower. It is a tall, blue flower that often grows in fields.
Count Aphrodite is a rare and beautiful flower said to be named after the goddess Aphrodite.
Tulip, the small plant can be found in shades of white, yellow and purple, the tulip is native to Kythira and can be found in many areas of the island.

The flowers and wildflowers of Kythira are an important part of the natural beauty of the island. They add color and interest to the landscape and are a popular tourist attraction.
Besides their beauty, flowers and wildflowers have other uses. Many of them are used in traditional medicine, while others are used in the production of perfumes and cosmetics.
In addition, flowers play an important role in cultural heritage, often used in religious ceremonies, celebrations and decorations.

Whether you are a nature lover, or simply enjoy the beauty of flowers, Kythera is an island that will surely enchant you. See more about the flora of Kythira with all the flowers, wild flowers, the herbs, shrubs, and trees of the island.

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