In a period that more and more, brings people to rediscover nature and walks in the countryside, we decided to open a section with some of the wild flowers, wild and spontaneous that we photographed and most importantly recognized during our excursions. We apologize in advance if our descriptions should not be too detailed or accurate but, you know, nature is not always easy to categorize precisely because so varied and endless. Send us your photos, reports or corrections to our mail … we’ll be happy to add new information.
- Daisies are the undisputed protagonists of the meadows in early spring with their white and intenso. We talked about it in this article
2. Poppies are not so numerous as in the past but with their red color they show up on the roadside and in the midst of the cornfields. If you want to know all the species of this unique flower read our article
3. The White Bindweed (Calystegia sepium) has a typical shape of a trumpet and is often found along roadsides where it grows naturally. It ‘a climbing-plant and pest capable of reaching up to 4 meters high that grows in temperate areas of Asia, Europe, North and South America and Australia.
4. Fringed knapweed (Centaurea Phrygia): belonging to the Asteraceae family, this plant features unique flowers that mingle among the vegetation. Greek mythology says that Chiron, after being wounded in the foot, he recovered thanks to a cornflower plant.
5. Old man’s beard ( Clematis Vitalba): We do not find descriptions of this flower, so we rely on what we have seen. Hanging from a species of climbing plant on rock faces, blooms in summer in shaded areas. There are species of Clematis for pot cultivation, very different from that but equally fascinating.
6. Wild carrot (Daucus Carota): is located in the wild in all rural areas of Europe, Asia and North Africa. However, there are species similar cultivation spread to the rest of the world. They love the sun and have a small root with a strong aroma of carrot.
7. Holy rope ( Eupatorium Cannabinum): This plant in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, prefers shade, cool and moist.
8. Wild fennel (Foeniculum Vulgar) of the Apiaceae family, this plant is harvested from mid-August until September and allowed to dry before being used in the kitchen and for therapeutic purposes.
9. Common centaury ( Centaurium erythraea): grows in shady and cool areas up to 1500 m above sea level in the period between May and September. Scented and average height of about 15 cm, this plant has small purple flowers that are pollinated by bees, flies and beetles.
10. Even the cheeses ( Malva sylvestris) has great healing properties. Grows as almost all wild flowers along roadsides or on lawns, or, if you want, you can buy seeds. Has, emollient, laxative and anti-inflammatory properties.
11. The Tuberous pea (Lathyrus tuberosus) has appearances by orchids that are confused with a flower of this family. It grows along roadsides and includes more than 100 species living in Europe, North America, Asia, tropical Africa and South America.
12. The Goldenrod (Silidago Virgaurea) belongs to the Asteraceae family and is another medicinal plant. Often it found at the edge of roads and in the cool temperate zones of Europe, Asia and North America.
13. Oxeye daysi ( Leucanthemum Vulgare): is a species belonging to the Asteraceae family spread especially in the Euro-Asian areas. It reproduces thanks to insects (such as ants) carrying the seeds fallen to the ground by encouraging new growth.
14. The Nettle-leave bellflower ( Campanula trachelium) belong to the family Campanulaceae. Inside the plant contains substances latex type, while above it sprout several inflorescences whose pollination happens thanks to bees and nightly butterflies too.
15. Chamomile for dyers (Anthemis tinctoria): is located along roadsides and in meadows in areas between France and Ukraine at heights up to 1500 m above sea level. It is used to prepare infusions and macerated useful in relieving migraine problems and calming effect.
16. The autumn colchicum, also called false saffron or crazy lily grows between late August and November until 2ooo meters above sea level. It is located in uncultivated fields and roadsides. It’s typical of central Europe and northern Italy.
17. The Myosotis shows its colors Intense suddenly in mid-late March. This flower has been Internationally adopted for the symbol of Grandparents Day.
18. The Ornithogalum umbellatum grows wild from Plains Up to 1500 m above sea level. It is located on Uncultivated meadows, vineyards but also areas cultivated, in south-central Europe, Western Asia and North Africa.
19. The primrose is without doubt one of the first flowers to make the appearance in the spring. Your name is not born a function …. if you can find in the woods, ditches and meadows Uncultivated.
20. It is called Buglossoides purpureocaerulea this small florist spread mainly in Southern Europe, present in almost all of Italy. It is found in the woods, lawns and skies. Its flowering period is April-May, until August.
21. Vinca minor grows in the forests of hardwoods (mostly oak) in much areas of Central Europe, Caucasus and North America. It blooms very early and in some areas it is possible to see it in February. It is the younger sister of Vinca Major, who has larger flowers.
22. It’s called cichorium intybus, this colorful flower that grows on roadsides and fallow fields in the plains up to 1200 m . Widespread in all continents, this species is very common and easy to find all over the Italian territory.
23. The althea officinalis is a tall tree with a height of one meter / one and a half with colorful flowers and a really elegant shape. It has many beneficial virtues and grows between May and August, on pristine ground in a sunny position.
24. The Linaria Vulgaris grows up to 1500 m asl, at the edge of the roads, in the unspoilt terrain and in massive and massive railroads. It can be found throughout the European and Asian continent. In Italy it grows everywhere except the islands.
25. Coronilla varie It is located from the plane up to 1200 m above sea level on the edge of the roads, arid places, rocky slopes. It is a perennial perennial plant distributed in Central Southern Europe, Western Asia and North America where it is considered a pest.
26. Silene vulgaris it grows from 0 to 2800 m above sea level in meadows and landfills. It is a very used herb in the kitchen as long as it is picked at the right time.
27. Inula salicina: from the family of the Asteraceae, it is a perennial herbaceous plant that grows between June and September in the plains, up to 1350 m asl in the woods, slopes and wet meadows from Europe to Japan.
28. Origanum vulgare: perennial herb present in Europe and in Central-Western Asia, it grows between June and September in arid and sunny places, in woods and cliffs, from the plain up to 1300 m asl. The height ranges from 20 cm to 50 cm and develops flowers with a more or less aromatic odor.
29. Epilobium Hirsutum: grows up to 1700 m asl from July to September. Watercourses, ditches, swamps, reeds and wetlands are its ideal environments.
30. Senecio Vulgaris: also known as Senecione di San Giacomo, it blooms from July to October (the month in which we photographed it). It is present in Europe and Western Asia. Its ideal habitats are uncultivated meadows, roadsides, calcareous soils from the plain up to 1500 m asl.
31. Dispacus follonum: this very particular “flower” is present throughout the Italian territory up to 1400 m asl but also in America, Australia, Africa and New Zealand. This plant has been used in the past for wool processing. Blooms between June and August at the edge of roads, abandoned areas on fresh and shady soils
32. Scabiosa colombaria: it is a eurasic species present throughout Italy, islands excluded. It can be found up to 1500 meters above sea level at the edge of the woods, dry meadows and pastures. Flowering from June to September
33. Dianthus carthusianorum: it is the flower dedicated to the monastic order of the Carthusians (hence its name). Present in almost all Central and Southern Europe from the plane to 2,000 meters above sea level, in Italy it is present throughout Sardinia ruled territory.
34. Crisum arvense or field thistle: in this photo particular country thistle has almost the shape of a flower that is. However it is a very common species on the Italian and European territory. It is located up to 1700 meters above sea level on the roadsides and on uncultivated land.
35. Malva Sylvestris : although it is already November 10th, this wild flower still seems to be in full bloom … After all it is a Eurosiberian species present all over the world from the plain up to 1600 m above the sea. It can be found in the lawns, ruins, railway embankments and on the edge of roads (as in this photo)
36. Euphorbia helioscopia: Herbaceous-looking plant, blooms from March to October. The whole plant contains a white and poisonous latex!It can grow up to 1200 meters above sea level on arid soils, uncultivated meadows in most regions of the world and throughout Italy
37. Muscari comosum (Leopoldia comosa) also called cipollaccio, has been reported to us by one of our readers in the Aspro-Coccore area between Fabriano and Sassoferrato, in the hills. This colorful flower develops from deeply buried bulbs and can be found from the plain up to 1500 m above sea level in uncultivated meadows, arid and cultivated places. It is typical of Mediterranean Europe and of the Italian territory.
38. Vesicaria (Colutea arborescens): it is a spontaneous leguminous plant present throughout our territory especially in the woods and escarpments, preferably on calcareous soils. Its yellow papilionaceous flowers can remember those of some species of the Coronilla genus.
39. Rubus caesius: The blackberry bush at the beginning of June is stormed by bees that satiate themselves with the nectar of its flowers. As the weeks go by, it fills with a very sought after and famous fruit: blackberry. It grows on the roadsides, slopes and ditches from the plain at 1200 m altitude. It is a species present in Europe, Asia and is common to all Italian territory.
40. Gladiolus italicus or field gladiolus is a flower typical of the temperate areas of Mediterranean Europe. In Italy it was a common and widespread plant as a pest of cereals in almost the whole territory. It is currently disappearing in many areas due to the massive use of chemical fertilizers and herbicides. It is found in uncultivated places, populated areas, from the plain to 700 m above sea level.
41. Hedysarum Coronarium or Sulla: this is a very interesting flower that seems to have arrived in Italy after 1700. Its origins could be Sicilian or Spanish. With this flower you can make an excellent honey, produced especially in the hilly areas of Abruzzo, Molise, Basilicata, Calabria and Sicily, but also in herbal medicine it is used for different purposes. It grows spontaneously from the plane up to 1200 meters above sea level in Tunisia, Spain, Portugal, North America, Australia and New Zealand and, in Italy and easily identifiable in Liguria, Emilia-Romagna (where I am photographed), Tuscany, Umbria, Marche, Lazio, Abruzzo, Molise, Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Sicily, Sardinia.
42. Equisetum telmateia: perennial herbaceous plant typical of wet and shady areas. Very nice to touch and see because it looks like a soft and delicate green cushion.
43. Anacamptis Pyramidalis: belonging to the ochidaceae family, this flower is typical of Central and Southern Europe. It prefers dry soils and areas exposed to the sun. it grows from the plain up to an altitude of 1400 meters. In Italy it is present on almost the whole territory
44. Ligustrum vulgare: a plant like ligustrum would need no introduction. It ‘nice to find it in the woods and see it grow spontaneously and bloom.
45. Canina rose: it is the most common spontaneous rose in Italy. It is found in the bushes and scrublands degraded throughout our territory. Its name derives from the scientific term with which its fruit is defined, “rosehip”, which in Greek means “dog rose”, referring to the belief that its root was used to cure anger.
46. Anthyllis Vulneraria: this flower was also photographed by a friend of our site during a walk among the green meadows of Trentino. This flower grows in arid meadows or stony escarpments, from the plain up to 2500 m above sea level, is typical of Mediterranean Europe and is common to the Italian territory.
47. Wild radish: photographed between the pine forest and the beach of Cervia (RA), this spontaneous flower grows throughout the Italian territory. Its ideal habitat is made up of uncultivated fields, escarpments and stony soils
48. Rododendrum ferrugineum or red rhododendron: this photo of the Alpine rose (it is also called this way) was sent to us from Trentino. This plant grows in June July and August, mainly in central and northern Italy. If you see it, be careful because its leaves could be toxic!
49. Verbascum nigrum or black mullein: this photo was also taken in the mountains of Trentino. It is no coincidence that this flower grows in the cool-temperate areas of Europe from east to west up to 1600 meters of altitude. The flowering period is from June to September and, generally, you can find it on uncultivated meadows, escarpments and roadsides.
50. Sempervivum Tectorum: also known as Barba di Giove, it grows in rocky areas, slopes, arid and sunny places up to 2800 m above sea level. In Italy you can find it on the Alps and Apennine
51. Thymus Serpyllum: also called pepolino, it grows in the woods, on well-drained slopes up to an altitude of 2600 m. It is a fairly common flower throughout Europe and is very popular with bees
52. Common Ambretta or Krautia arvensis: In Italy it can be found at the edge of roads or paths up to 2000 meters above sea level. This flower is also present throughout Europe Western Asia.
53. Spartium Junceum: also called Ginestra or Ginestra di Spagna, grows and blooms between May and June in arid places, bushes and clearings from the plain up to 600 m above sea level in the Alps and up to 1400 m in the Apennines.
54. Vibornum lantana: it grows in the woods and in areas at the edges of the roads, especially in sunny areas. It is widespread in central and southern Europe and in Italy it grows up to 1000 meters above sea level.
55. Common broom or Lotus Corniculatus: it is found on meadows, pastures, arid and stony, uncultivated places, from the plain at 2000 m of altitude. Sometimes grown as a fodder plant.It is widespread in most of Europe, Asia and Italy and is typical of almost the whole territory.There are 5 very similar species very difficult to distinguish between them.
56. Common Aspraggine or Picris Hieracioides: it grows in uncultivated areas and at the edges of the roads from the plain up to 2000 m of altitude. It is present in nature with several species and subspecies that grow in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia
57. Cacciadiavioli or Hipericum perforatum: also called St. John’s wort or millebuchi, it grows on meadows, arid, uncultivated places, edges of the woods, from the plain to 1600 m above sea level. It is typical of Europe and western Asia, in Italy the species is common throughout the territory.
58. Borracina insipida or Sedum sexangia: present on walls, cliffs, cliffs, rocky places, sands, arid meadows, from the plane to 2000 m above sea level.It grows in central Europe, in Italy the species is very common in the northern regions, rarer in the central ones, absent in the southern ones and in the islands.
59. Lonicera caprifolium: also known as wood-hunter or common honeysuckle, it is typical of south-western Europe and southern Asia. In Italy it is present throughout the territory except in the islands. It prefers calcareous soils from the plain up to 1200 m s.l.m and shady or not too sunny areas in the woods or at the edge of the roads.
60. Succiamele reddish (Orobanche Gracilis): it is a parasitic plant present throughout the Italian territory. It is generally found on meadows and arid and semi-abandoned areas.
61. Aeonium Arboreum: This is a pearl that we have found thanks to you! This is a plant that you have photographed in the Cefalù area, in Sicily. It is generally found in the areas of the Canary Islands but, evidently, our beautiful Italian islands also favor the blossoming of the flowers of this succulent plant.
62. Ornithogalum narbonense: or star of Bethlehem. It grows on the edges of roads and in uncultivated fields between May and June in much of the Italian territory. It can be found from the plain up to 1400 meters above sea level.
63. Gymnadenia conopsea or Marina rosea: from 20 to 60 cm of average height but can also reach 70 or 80 cm in some cases. You can find it in hilly, Apennine and Alpine areas in meadows, woods and uncultivated areas.
64. Knautia Arvensis or common ambrette: flower present both in Europe and in Western Asia, you can find it in meadows, on the edges of roads and in uncultivated fields. It has several medicinal properties, including that of blood purification, aptitude to counteract bronchitis and other “seasonal” diseases, but also diuretic properties.
65. Mullein or verbascum thapsus: its height varies from 50 to 120 cm and grows between May and August on uncultivated meadows, stony soils and road margins from the plain up to 1700 m asl. It is a species typical of central southern Europe and the Caucasus. In Italy it can be found throughout the territory, especially in the north, more rarely in the south and on the islands.
66. Angelica arcangelica: it prefers humid places and is used both in herbal medicine and in liquor where it is grown for the above purpose.It grows spontaneously only in the Apennines and the Alp
67. Euphorbia cyparissias: grows on arid and uncultivated meadows, roadsides from the plain up to 1500 m of altitude. Typical of central Europe, in Italy it grows in northern and central areas. Difficult to find in the south and on the islands.
68. Simphytum officinalis: it grows in cool woods and humid places, on the edges of roads, hedges and edges of ditches from the plain to 1300 m of altitude. It is typical of Europe and the Caucasus. In Italy it grows throughout the territory.