Israeli National Flower the Anemone Kalanit
Israelis love their wild-flowers. In preschool the children learn the names of the most common flowers, with stories and songs about them. A number of wildflowers have been protected by law for many years.
Yet until recently Israel had no ‘national flower.’ In 2013 the Kalanit (Anemone) was chosen.
The name ‘Kalanit’ comes from the Hebrew word for ‘bride,’ because the flower is as beautiful and regal as a bride on her wedding day.
The Kalanit (Anemone) is one of the first flowers to bloom in spring, and among the most abundant, dotting fields and hilltops with bright red highlights. As a particularly beautiful, striking flower, and one common enough to be familiar to most Israelis, the Kalanit seemed a natural choice.
When to find them: Anemones can start to blossom in areas with more rain, such as in the hills near Jerusalem as early as late January, and bloom in the Negev starting in February and March, continuing through April and May.
Note: There are many sites throughout the Judean Hills (area around Jerusalem), the Negev, and other pockets around the country where the Kalanit flourishes. Watch as you drive throughout the country in season, or ask an experienced guide.
If you are not here during the season for anemone/kalanit, ask your guide what wildflowers may be blooming, as there are blossoms in Israel for much of the year.
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