May wildflowers in the olive grove

wildflowers in olive grove Tuscany Italy

All the wet weather we’ve been having has turned the olive grove into a jungle. With wildflowers growing waist-high, mowing (which we’ve just started) is an epic task, so there’s just time to enjoy the final blooms of the spring wildflowers which have taken over the grove. I’ve done my best to identify them, but apologies for any mistakes.

Wild viola tricolor heartsease tuscany italy may wildfower

Heartsease (Viola tricolor)

Cistus rock rose wildflower Tuscany

Sage-leaved rock rose (Cistus salvifolius)

Andryala integrifolia wildflower Italy Tuscany

Common andryala (Andryala integrifolia)

Field poppy papaver rhoeas tuscany italy may

Field poppy (Papaver rhoeas)

wildflowers in olive grove Tuscany Italy

Field marigolds, poppies and blackberry flowers

Wildflowers Tuscany chrysanthemum segetum Italy May

Field marigolds (Chrysnathemum segetum)

Tuscany wildflower Italy Field marigolds (Chrysnathemum segetum)

Field marigold (Chrysnathemum segetum)

Euphorbia cyparissias Cypress Spurge Tuscany Italy wildflower

Cypress spurge (Euphorbia cyparissias)

Blackberry (Rubus) wild Italy Tuscany

Blackberry (Rubus)

Purple viper's bugloss (Echium plantagineum) Tuscany Italy wildflower

Purple viper’s bugloss (Echium plantagineum)

Purple viper's bugloss (Echium plantagineum) Tuscany Italy wildflower

Purple viper’s bugloss (Echium plantagineum)

Purple viper's burgloss growing under olive trees

Purple viper’s burgloss growing under the olive trees

Bladder campion (Silene vulgaris) Italy Tuscany wildflower

Bladder campion (Silene vulgaris)

Tassel Hyacinth (Muscari comosum) wildflower Tuscany Italy

Tassel Hyacinth (Muscari comosum)

White campion (Silene latifolia) wildflower Tuscany Italy

Heartsease wild viola tricolor Tuscany Italy

Heartsease (Viola tricolor)


29 responses to “May wildflowers in the olive grove

  1. I am sure you’ve got the right names for these delightful flowers as I’m trying to learn them off by heart from your post!

  2. The meadow has its own beauty and charm dotted with these wonderful wildflowers. Tassel Hyacinth is new to me and I like the form and color. Susie

  3. Such beautiful wildflowers, I also have never seen the Tassel Hyacinth, which really stand out against the other meadow flowers and grasses. Lovely to see all the wonderful habitats among the Olive groves! Becky

    • Yes the tassel hyacinths are strange among the other more delicate flowers, aren’t they. Beautiful in their own way though. Glad you enjoyed looking at the olive grove, how could I not share such beautiful plants?!

  4. Great blog and wonderful images of so many of the same beautiful flowers that we have here in our olive groves in lovely Lunigiana. Just thought you might appreciate knowing that the plant you have identified as Andryala integrifolia is actually Urospermum dalechampii, which has the lovely common name of ‘smooth golden fleece’.

      • The long wet winter and unsettled spring has had a mixed affect on the wildflowers in the Lunigiana. Some appear to have benefitted while others are either missing or have occurred in fewer numbers. This has had a knock on effect with the fauna and the livelihoods of our farming neighbours. Without a sufficient number consecutive dry days, the first cut of hay has mostly rotted on the ground, which has attracted the wild boar and caused further damage to an already difficult situation. Hopefully, the weather will now stabilise and the second cut will be a prolific success. There were mixed fortunes with the harvest, too. The olive quality and yield was fabulous but the figs are a disaster. How were the winter and spring in your part of Toscana?

      • This is my first year here so I can’t compare personally, but I’ve been told that the wildflowers are abundant this year. Some of my garden plants, however, such as lavender, have rotted and died with all the rain. I am amazed at the amount of water we’ve had, and that the strange weather has continued into June.
        In Montalbano the weather seems to have been good for olives and grapes, the vines and trees are flourishing and a wet spring is good, providing we have lots of sun from now on so that the fruits can develop. Olives tend to have alternate good and bad harvests regardless of weather, so we’re expecting a lower yield than last year when many trees were full, (although not all our trees are on the same cycle). The fig trees in our olive grove are laden with fruit and looking good – again we just need the rain to stop now and the sun to come out so the figs can ripen.

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