The Wild Flowers of Skopelos


For those who love Skopelos and the wildflowers of Greece


Now more than 300 flowers and trees

The Wildflowers of Skopelos is for those who love the island of Skopelos and the wildflowers of Greece.

There are now over 300 flowers and trees and also information on the island, its floral landscape, geology, climate, and ecological habitats.


Named for the bees.

3 Apr 2021

In spring and early summer the olive groves and fields of Skopelos are often filled with white lacy flowers of  Apiaceae  family, commonly known as the carrot, parsley or celery family.

The flowers of the family are usually, though not always arranged in umbels, which as the alternative name of the family, Umbelliferae suggests the flowers resemble umbrellas with rays radiating from a central point at the top of the stem, though some have globular heads, like the Eryngium species, the intriguing sea holly ( Eringium maritimum) and the thistle like weed, field eryngium (Eringium campestre).

Many of the plants of this family contains useful culinary plants with aromatics: parsley, coriander & dill; vegetables: carrots, celery & parsnips. The tender leaves of Apiaceae are collected in springtime to add flavour to salads and horta, but care must be taken. Poisonous plants including hemlock (Conium maculatum) appear very similar to other members of the family; It can be identified by the characteristic reddish or purple splodges on their stems and it produces an unpleasant odour when the leaves are crushed. Drinking a potion of hemlock was the mode of demise chosen by Socrates when he was sentenced to death for denying the existence of the gods and corrupting the youth of Athens.

Of the more popular forms of wild herb collected on Skopelos are rock samphire or kritima (Crithmum maritimum),found on the rocky shoreline and steep sea cliffs and the fragrant, feathery leaves of fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) ; Hartwort or kafkalida (Tordilium apulum);  all are Apiaceae.

The white Apiaceae are easily recognisable as members of the family but not easily distinguished from each other, especially in flower but can be differentiated by their fruits. Some of the fruits are spiny and stick easily to the coats of passing animals or onto clothing, giving them the common name of sock destroyers. Some of the plants retain their seeds until winter and the skeletons of the flowers can be seen outlined against the light.

Nine new flower pages have been added to the website,

all are white Apiaceae.

Ammi majus
Bishop’s flowerWhite/Pages/Ammi_majus.html
Daucus bicolor
Wild carrotWhite/Pages/Daucus_bicolor.html
Daucus carota Spp. maximus
Giant wild carrotWhite/Pages/Daucus_carota_Spp._maximus.html
Orlaya daucoides
Small bur parsleyfile://localhost/Users/susanwarren/Desktop/New%20pages/new_pages/Orlaya_daucoides.html
Pimpinella peregrina
Burnet saxifrageWhite/Pages/Pimpinella_peregrina.html
Scaligeria napiformis
Scandix australis
Venus’s combWhite/Pages/Scandix_australis.html
Scandix pecten-veneris
Shepherds needleWhite/Pages/Scandix_pecten-veneris.html
Torilis africana
Wild parsleyWhite/Pages/Torilis_africana.html

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