Isle of Tenerife

May, the bloom of Tajinaste flower

The spring month May is the month of love, warm temperatures and the of efflorescent biota. 20 % of the vegetation of the sunny island of Tenerife can be found in the Teide national park.

And it’s Tajinaste time on Teide! This flower (tajinaste rojo, Echium wildpretii, bugloss, Tower of Jewel) is a columnar plant with a beautiful and lush red colour.

tajinaste bloom

In the late spring or early summer, in the months of May and June is the time of flowers up on Mount Teide. Its a time when the wild and rugged mountain landscape is briefly tamed by the blooms of a number of brightly coloured plants, most of which are endemic to the island of Tenerife.

Tajinaste Flower CanadasTajinaste rojo, or Echium wildpretii to give it its correct name, is the most spectacular, a species of bugloss which can grow to over 10ft tall. It is among the category of the tropicals and tender Perennials.

Normally the tajinaste is 4 to 6 feet high (or 1,2 to 1,8 metres). Birds, bees and butterflies love the tajinaste flower.
It sows it’s seed for itself. The leaves are herbaceous.

The sub-alpine zones of the ravines around Mount Teide are the native habitat of the Tajinaste variant, which thrives under the hot sun and the arid and dry conditions there. It can also tolerate temperatures as low as -5C.

A herbaceous biennial, the Tajinaste’s two-year cycle sees it form a dense cluster of leaves in its first growing season, followed by tall and thick stems of bright red flowers in its second year.

Tajinaste Tenerife

Echium is a genus of around 60 species of flowering plant which flourish across Africa, Europe, Madeira and the Canary Islands. Some species are also found in east Asia and Australia.

Round about may and june now is the perfect time of year to see the Tajinaste in its full glory, along with a host of other colourful and exotic plants endemic to Las Cañadas del Teide, the huge caldera that surrounds the volcanic peak.

In the rest of the year Tenerife and the national park Teide resemble a moonscape. But in may it’s the time of the anthesis of the flower tajinaste.

This entry was posted on Sonntag, Mai 1st, 2022 at 12:01 am and is filed under Flowers & Plants, Nature, Photo-Blog, Teide National Park.


One Response to “May, the bloom of Tajinaste flower”

  1. Roberts Says:
    Dezember 16th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Fantastic! I could not belive that the flower could grow in this landscape!! Very very very beautiful! 😀


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