Here are some photos and descriptions of the beautiful wild flowers we have seen on our walks during the last week. Because of the wetter-than-normal winter, the hills and ramblas around our village are covered with flowers, some common but others quite unusual.
Last year, after a dry winter, the asphodels did not do well, but this spring they have flourished and cover the mountainsides, their tall spikes and white flowers set against the blue sky.
On the hills beyond our house this tiny white flower, Spurgula fallax is abundant.
It is a wild plant that is often overlooked because it is so small but this spring it is flowering in profusion, despite its rarity.
Above is a photo of a lovely example of a dipcadi. It looks similar to a bluebell but has brown flowers.
Helianthemum, which is found all over the Cabo de Gata, is in abundance.
Banks of bright yellow bermuda buttercups line the sides of the ramblas.
This flower may look like a common daisy but is quite rare.
This little yellow flower, a type of lily, resembles the celandine and appears in early spring in damper places.
More common are these orange calendulas but they look very attractive flowering in between the stones.
The densest accumulations of plants are in the narrow barrancos where the water on the rocky hillsides cascades during the rains.
This viper’s bugloss is ubiquitous but is very pretty and makes a contrast to the yellow and whites of the other flowers.
This yellow linaria is rare and found in just a couple of locations here.