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Berchules, Granada, Spain

15 March 2009

White asphodels along the A-4130

There are three different ways to drive from ´El Paraje´ to Órgiva. One of the possibilities is to continue on the A-4130 passing Almegíjar. This is the most winding and rural routes. We like it because of its scenery, the views of the Taha valley and the roadside flora. In early spring one of the flowers to enjoy while taking this route, is the ´Asphodelus albus´. According to some taxonomists this flowering plant is a member of the Asphodelaceae. Others do not recognize the Asphodelacea as a family and assert that it is a member of the Lily family. It is called ´white asphodel´ in English, ´asfodelo´ in Spanish and ´witte affodil´ in Dutch. In the description of this flower in Wikipedia, it says that flowers are produced between April and June, but in this part of Spain they flower mid-March. There are hundreds to be seen during this time of the year on both sides of the road from Almegíjar towards the A-348. On the side of this road, between Torvizcón and Órgiva, it can be found as well.

Asphodelus albus or white asphodel along the A-4310 - foto: Mieke Verkennis

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