Scorzonera cretica - Cretan Viper's-grass

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Asterales - Family: Asteraceae

Cretan viper's-grass

Cretan Viper's-grass, a member of the Daisy family, is characterised by its thin, strap-like leaves.

The yellow flowers of Cretan viper's-grass are sometimes reddish on the reverse side. This plant is related to the species Scorzonera hispanica (Salsify) which has edible roots.

Scorzonera cretica on a rock face


This plant grows on rocks, old stone walls and in other stony habitats.

Blooming times

Cretan Viper's-grass produces flowers in April and May in Crete and the southern Agean islands.

The plant shown on this page was photographed in Crete in early April.

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