WildFlowers in Israel – An Amazing Experience

You are a tourist visiting Israel for a short period?  Let us guide you to be at the right place at the right time to experience this wonder!!

A very special feature of Israel’s landscape is the richness and variety of its flora, especially wildflowers. Despite Israel’s tiny area, it has about 2500 species, compared with only 1500 species in the British Isles that are more than ten times larger in area. In the period between mid-January and mid-April, wildflowers bloom in a variety of shapes and colors that will amaze and overwhelm your senses. But also, before this period, starting in September and after it up to May you can find wildflowers if you know where to look for them.

There are many existing articles about this subject on the web that give you the famous spots to view wildflowers. The problem with this approach is that this natural wonder is very time sensitive. The same flower has its peak bloom on different periods in different regions of the country. Each week the most attractive places to view flowers can change. Having real-time updated information will make the difference between a “nice” experience and an overwhelming one!!

If you happened to visit Israel during the blooming season don’t miss this unique experience.

Narcissus at the Nov Swamp, Golan Heights
Narcissus at the Nov Swamp, Golan Heights

The most striking regions with diversity and density of wildflowers bloom are the hills of the Lower Galilee in the North & the Judean planes in the center. However, there are many exceptions of specific followers that appear in different regions at specific periods.

Therefore, during the season, we will post weekly on the top of our Facebook page the best spots to experience this wonder.

Many of our self-guided day hikes on the site, also pass though areas rich with wildflowers. The Facebook post includes also the most recommended hikes to experience wildflowers.


To give you a taste of what you can expect if you come to the right spot at the right time, we give you a shortlist of the main flowers you are likely to find:

Anemone

Red Anemone
Anemone By MathKnight; [CC-BY-SA-3.0] , via Wikimedia Commons
  • Blooming period: January-April.
  • Hebrew Name: Kalanit – derived from the Hebrew word for bride “KALA” referring to its beauty.
  • Typical Regions: Almost all. More common in the north, center and northwestern Negev.
  • Colors: The most common color is red, but can be found also in white, pink, purple and blue.
  • In some locations can appear in large and impressive “carpets”

Cyclamen

Cyclamen
Cyclamen – by BerndH
  • Blooming period: October – April.
  • Hebrew Name: Rakefet – derived from the Arab name “Rakaf”.
  • Typical Regions: Hilly and rocky areas in the north and central mountains.
  • Colors: Pink, White and Purple.
  • In some locations can appear in large and impressive “carpets”

Lupine

Lupinus
Lupinus By Zachi Evenor [CC BY 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons
  • Blooming period: February – April.
  • Hebrew Name: Turmus.
  • Typical Regions: Golan Heights, Galilee, Judean Planes.
  • Colors: Purple.
  • In some locations can appear in large and impressive “carpets”

Tulip

A tulip in Givat Hamore Galilee israel
Tulip
  • Blooming period: February – April.
  • Hebrew Name: Tzivoni.
  • Typical Regions: Golan Heights, Galilee, coast line, Samaria, Judean Planes
  • Colors: Red.
  • Relatively hard to spot. Usually appears in small sparse groups

 

Iris

Nazareth Iris, Israel
Nazaret Iris
  • Blooming period: February – April.
  • Hebrew Name: Irus.
  • There are 16 different Iris species in Israel. Most of them are typical for a specific area. Some of them are among the biggest and most impressive of Israel’s wildflowers
  • Relatively hard to spot. Usually appears in small sparse groups

As mentioned this is just a teaser. There are dozens for different beautiful flowers. Some appear almost everywhere, and some are very rare and are limited to a very specific area and period.

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