The flora of Cyprus - A botanist's paradise
There are almost 2,000 wild flowers in Cyprus, out of which 140 are endemic. Considering that the total number of wild flowers in Europe and the Mediterranean is no more than 2900, the island of Cyprus, is a floral and herbal paradise.
A great number of its flowering plants have pharmaceutical properties with widespread use, while a number of herbal products and essential oils are processed and sold locally.
The rich mythology associated with Cyprus is intricately interwoven with its flora. When Adonis first met Aphrodite, she was bathing in the crystal waters of a fig-shrouded pool that was fringed with blossoms. He fell in love with her instantly. Later, when he was out hunting, he was killed by a wild boar, and it is said that the blood from his wounds fell to the ground as scarlet poppies, whilst the tears shed by Aphrodite for her lover turned into countless beautiful anemones.
Tulips are used decorate the ancient mosaic floors in Pafos. "Tulipa Cypria", the red tulip grows in the Akamas area, and the "Sun-Eyed-Tulip" in the Polemi area.
Today, a number of festivals are held in the spring to enable visitors and the lovers of wild flowers to enjoy the authentic wild flora of Cyprus.