Wildflowers - Flora
Wildflowers of Provence and the Alpes
Provencal Wildflowers are described with over a hundred and fifty individual flower pages, supported by our own photos. Listed alphabetically by the English name also displays the Latin name and the French name.
Because the ice-age glaciers did not reach the Mediterranean area, many plants failed to spread northward with the retreating ice as occurred throughout the rest of Europe. This has resulted in leaving many species unique to specific locations within this region.
The Mediterranean heat in the South of France is also the source of the perfume industry (with the town of Grasse being the "perfume capital of the world". The indigenous plants concentrate their oils as a protection againt the heat, providing the highly-scented nectar that results in hundreds of perfumed products.
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