Easter flowers are out! But to see their full blossom, they are being protected by mountain guards
10 March, 2021
In the area of Mt. Boč near Rogaška Slatina, a protected Easter flower (Slovene: velikonočnica), known to be growing only in Slovenia in the whole of southern Europe, is already starting to show its beauty across the fields and pastures.
Where the wild flowers grow
This rare and endangered plant thrives only in four growing places in the country. Two of these are in Ponikva near Šentjur, one is in Boč near Poljčane, and one remains hidden, as people looted it many years ago.
The purple flower wrapped with a gentle fluff is being admired by many hikers, some are even heading towards Boč only to see it.
Though picking them or even digging them out is strictly forbidden – in the Šentjur municipality the Easter flower is protected by a special decree – some visitors still try to take such rare ‘souvenir’ home.
The protective fences have been temporarily erected around the growing sites, making it impossible for visitors to step on the protected flowers, or otherwise damage them (while taking photos or letting the dogs run around). This year the local mountain guards are also looking after their “safety”.