The best places in the world to see wildflowers
There are few sights in this world that can match the eruption of colour, fragrances and butterflies brought about by wildflowers. Here we take a look at some of the best destinations in the world for wildflower viewing, taking in locations in the USA, Australia, Crete, New Zealand and China.
Mount Rainier National Park, USA
Mount Rainier National Park has seemingly endless meadows filled with wildflowers between late July and early August. A network of trails skirt the meadows, allowing you to get a closer look at the blanket of colours and the mountain backdrop. Just some of the species you may spot are lilies, paintbrush, asters, daises, cinquefoil, fireweed and purple shooting stars.
Come spring, over 1,500 species of wildflower display brilliant blooms. April and May are the best months to visit to see Cretan orchids, poppies, daisies, camomile, iris, gladiola, tulips, hyacinth and the endangered white cyclamens. You'll also see herbs such as thyme, sage and rosemary.
Stirling Range National Park, Western Australia
From late August to early December, much of the Stirling Ranges are blanketed in stunning wildflowers. In particular, the region is known for its Queen of Sheba orchids and Stirling Bells, but there are also crimson myrtles, purple and white smokebush flowers, white mountain-heath... in all up to 8,000 species.
South Island mountains, New Zealand
The mountains of the South Island aren't the type of landscape that you'd usually associate with wildflowers, but the alpine vegetation is truly incredible. Look out for rock cushion, red rock cushion, mat daisies, edelweiss and lots of lichens.
Tiger Leaping Gorge, China
Every Autumn, the world's deepest gorge erupts in a colourful display of wildflowers. The gorge (in northern Yunnan province) boasts a rich carpet of hot pink, royal blue, fiery orange, brilliant red, soft pink, white and rich purples. There are also 27 different varieties of rhododendron.