The whole country becomes as Flowers of Israel Festival during spring. After the much-needed rains of the winter, many wildflowers grow all over making an important excursion for families with children to se the beautiful “carpets” of all colors throughout our country. Here are a few places to visit.
Scarlet South Festival
Happening in the Northwestern Negev and produced in conjunction with the Keren Kayemet Le Israel or in English the Jewish national Fund, this a festival every Friday and Saturday during the month of February.
The public enjoys our Kalaniot of Anemones in the Ruhama Forest and the Reim Recreational Area. If you missed the month of February, there is plenty to see during March and April.
Beautiful Flowers Israel in Kfar Hayarok in Central Israel
This is in Ramat Hasharon in Central Israel, during the month of March. This is the ideal place to take the kids pick kalaniot or anemones and nuriyot or buttercups.
There is a charge of NIS 40 per person from Sunday to Thursday and NIS 50 Friday and Saturday. Children up to the age of 3 are free of charge.
Givat Haturmassim is located just south of Beit Shemesh on the southern side of the road.
The most common are the purple lupine, although there are many other colors to enjoy. A real selection of Flowers of Israel.
Emek Hanarkissim north of Tel Aviv
The Valley of Narcissus Flowers
This site is also great to see beautiful daisies.
Carmel Nature Reserve
Also called “Little Switzerland”, is full of lupines, called Turmus in Hebrew, and irises all blooming at the Carmel Mountain region. But the great thing to see here are the Tiger Tulips, yellow and brown striped and unusually large.
Adullam-France Park and British Park
This large KKL-JNF archaeological site and nature park in the Beit Guvrin and Beit Shemesh areas is full of wildflowers such as cyclamen, anemones and tulips.
Here you can spot some almond trees and cactus flowers in the bloom.
Givat Harakafot near Megiddo in northern Israel
If you like the Rakefet, the site to see them is this pine tree shaded spot in the Ramot Menashe park in the Tel Megiddo area. It is called in Hebrew, Givat Harakafot. There is a short walking trails for visitors that come to see the Rakafot blossom during spring.
This is a hiking and nature reserve on the western side of Jerusalem east of Har Eytan.
You can spot here Cyclamens of all colors from white to dark pink, that are called Solomon’s Fire because they look like clusters of flame shooting up from rocks and shady areas.
Mount Gilboa in the Beit Shean Valley
This hill is located in Beit Shean area, is famous for its irises. The Gilboa Iris has been chosen as the symbol of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel. Peak season is March and April.
They are dark brown irises that grow in the KKL-JNF grove near Beer Sheva in the Negev.
They also grow in the area between Tzeelim and Gvulot on the western Negev Desert.
Scarlet South Festival in the Northwestern Negev
images for flowers of israel
kalaniot by zivya
rakafot by shirley
nuriyot by hila ariel
iris by gideon pisanty
scarlet festival by jnf
narcisus by zachi evenor and mfa
givat harakafot by math knight and zachi evenor
gilboa by ami yalon
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