Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Dipsacales - Family: Caprifoliaeae
This flower is one of the earliest to bloom in the Mediterranean region and can often be seen in early February. It is also has one of the longest flowering periods lasting as late as June.
This member of the Valerian family is widespread across the western and central Mediterranean region as far as Greece and Crete, and is also found in North West Africa.
Fedea grows in field margins, on abandoned farmland, in rocky places and in sandy substrates near the coast.
The specimens shown on this page were photographed in the Algarve region of Portugal in late February.
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