Easter flowers are out! But to see their full blossom, they are being protected by mountain guards

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.

Usually this tiny, silky-velvety flower blooms from February until mid-April, but due to unpredictable weather in recent years, it is not possible to predict how long it will bloom. (Photo: RTV Slovenia)

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”.



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