Mallorcan Wildflower Identification
These pages are ongoing and will become more organised and seasonally orientated over the year. Colours are loosely grouped.
Blossom colour: white yellow/orange pink/red/purple
Cichorium intybus Cichorium intybus
Wild Chicory, Endive.
Cama-roja, Endívia, Mastagueres, Xicoira, Xicoira dolça (Cat.)
New shoots, red and hardly through the ground, were traditionally blanched and used in salads in Mallorca. The root was used as a coffee substitute or added to it. Widespread in fields and verges.
Echium vulgare Echium vulgare
Herba del vibre, cul de pors. (Cat.) Blue Viper’s Bugloss, Blueweed, Bluebottle.
The tubular flowers start pink and turn a vivid blue with pinkish stamens. Widespread. Found in dry areas and on waste ground. Popular with bees. Drought hardy
See also Echium plantagineum
Centaurea cyanus Centaurea cyanus
Blauet (Cat.)
Cornflower, Bachelor's button, Bluebottle
Deep blue flowerhead. Not to be confused with the more widespread Cichorium intybus( see above). Previously prized for its blue pigment for dyes. Edible flower used as culinary decoration or garnish. Effective in treating conjunctivitis or reviving tired eyes. Fields and roadsides.
Borage officinalis Borago officinalis
Borratja., Herba de la tos, Orella d'ós, Pa-i-peixet. (Cat.)
Annual herb with bristly or hairy stems. Flowers with five petals are bright blue occasionally pink. With a flavor similar to cucumber, it can be used as a vegetable, as a herb or as a culinary garnish. Widespread in hedgerows and fields.
Cynoglossum creticum Cynoglossum creticum
Aferragós, Besneula, Llapassera, Llengua de ca, Llengua d'ovella, Maneula. (Cat.)
Blue Hound’s Tongue
Member of the borage family. Biannual with hairy leaves. Bluish flowers with dark blue veins appear in second year. Its bright green fruit, in clusters of four forming a cross or a diamond, are covered with tubercles or nodules. Height 20-80 cms. Flowering at the end of spring. Widespread along roads and paths and disturbed ground.