Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants.
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This visual record of the wild flowers, plants, trees and shrubs in Provence was created by two friends, initially brought together by an interest in gardens and gardening, and by living in nearby villages.

We began to explore this Provençale countryside, enjoying walking together and sharing our interest in plants and gardening. In our lives, we had both been making gardens wherever we went. 

Saskia in the garden

Saskia’s lifelong knowledge, interest and enthusiasm in plant-life provided the impetus.  She had experience of leading walks in Belgium and Holland. She has researched the details of each plant. (Published sources are listed below.)

Isabel took up macro photography to record the flowers and plants. She is out walking in the cool early mornings, catching the moments when the sunshine is right. Over the years she has discovered when the timing is right for each local plant and flower.

The project has developed over seven years. We would not have anticipated embarking on such an ambitious project, but we both became enthused by what we were discovering. 

Our interest has grown in following through the life cycle of plants. Discovering orchids, for example, was new to both of us, and was initially inspired by exploratory walks with Pierre Michel Blais, as members of the Society Francaise d’Orchidophilie. There are a beautiful range of plants to be found here and elsewhere, when we look. 

Over these seven years we have seen a loss of habitats and species. Wild plants often exist in the few wild places beside our paths and roads, so are vulnerable to being sprayed or strimmed before they can flower, or be enjoyed, or produce seeds for the next year. The additional heat and drought from the climate crisis has reduced the plants we see around us. As the vinyards have increased, the bees and other pollinators have been killed by the sprays.  

On the positive side we can see locally how areas that endeavour to reduce the use of herbicides and insecticides have a rich variety of wild plants. It is always a real delight when a familiar plant emerges again and is secure in its habitat for yet another season.  

Borago officinalis
Orlaya grandiflora

We hope that more awareness of the richness of plant life, and its contribution to our own well-being, might lead to more protection and care for our natural environment. Our hope is that this website might help to inspire others to value and protect the wild spaces and wild plants in Provence. 

We hope you enjoy exploring these plants – online and in the Provence Verte countryside.

We would welcome your comments. Corrections would be helpful where there is a need. Please use the contact form below.

Bibliography

Marjorie Blamey & Christopher Grey Wilson Mediterranean Wild  Flowers 1998 Domino Books Ltd, Jersey.

Marjorie Blamey, Richard Fitter & Alistair Ritter, Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland 2013 Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

Marjorie Blamey, Wild Flowers by colour, 1997 Domino Books Ltd, Jersey.

Marie-Claude Paume, Sauvage et comestibles 2005 Edisud, Aix en Provence.

Roger Phillips & Suzette E. Stumpel-Rienks, Wilde Bloemen 1993 Het Spectrum BV, Utrecht.

Roger Phillips & Th.F. Bergers, Bomen van de Gematigde Streken 1979 Het Spectrum BV,  Utrecht.

Jean-Claude Tempier, Sainte-Baume Nature 2012 Edisud, Aix en Provence

Oron Peri, Bulbs of the Eastern Mediterranean 2015 Alpine Garden Society, Pershore.

Patrick Merienne & Thierry Ménard, Randonnées Naturalistes dans le Var 2013 Rando Editions, Tarbes.

Cécile Lemoine, Les fleurs des montagnes 2004 Editions Jean-Paul Gisserot, Quintin.

Cécile Lemoine, Les fleurs méditerranéennes 2005 Editions Jean-Paul Gisserot, Quintin.

Sarah Ball, Wild Flowers of Eastern Andalucia 2014 Browndown Publications, Gosport.

Gregor Aas & Andreas Riedmiller Bomengids in kleur1988 Tirion, Baarn.

Wolfgang Lippert & Dieter Podlech Plantes de Méditerranée 1994 Editions Nathan, Paris.

Jean David, Les Plantes du Littoral, 2013 Editions Jean-Paul Gisserot, Quintin.

Jean David, Les Plantes du bord de Mer 2010 Editions Jean-Paul Gisserot, Quintin.

Jean David, Les Plantes des Montagnes 2009 Editions Jean-Paul Gisserot, Quintin.

Han Honders, Dr Oskar Sebald Wilde Planten van West en Midden Europa 1982 The Reader’s Digest NV, Amsterdam.

Neil Fletcher Fleurs de Méditerranée 2011 Editions Larousse, Paris.

Various authors 80 fleurs des îles ed du littoral varois 2006 Libris, Grenoble.

Richard Mabey Food for Free 1972 Collins, London.

Contact

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