Israel is located in the western part of Asia next to the Mediterranean Sea. The climate in Israel is subtropical, which makes it an ideal area for flowers to grow. The country has long, hot summers that are prone to drought and short, cool, rainy winters.
The narrowleaf water-plantain (Alisma lanceolatum) is a perennial herb that is native to Asia and North Africa. This flowering plant is often considered an invasive weed and can frequently be found in rice fields. It prefers to grow in the water or mud and has small, pink flowers that bloom from June to August. The plant grows approximately 2 feet long and has broad, oval-shaped leaves. It produces a brown, flat fruit that is an important food source for many fish, birds and other wildlife.
Dyer's bugloss (Alkanna tinctoria) has a small purple flower that blooms in the spring. The flowers are used to make purple dyes that are used as a wine colorant and in cosmetics. It is also commonly used to make food coloring. The plant can grow up to 12 inches tall and is adaptable to well-drained or dry soils. Dyer's bugloss can survive in full sun or partial shade and is classified as a perennial herb.
Bristly hollyhock (Alcea setosa) is a flowering perennial plant that is native to both southwest and central Asia. It has a large, bright pink flower that blooms in the spring. The plant can grow up to 12 feet in height and has broad, rounded, palmlike leaves. The bristly hollyhock is considered an ornamental garden plant and survives well in dry soils and full sunlight.
Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus) is a cold season annual plant. The plant prefers full sun over shade and moist, well-drained soils. Snapdragons can grow up to 3 feet tall and have small rounded leaves that grow on a long stem. The flowers bloom from spring to early summer and again in fall and resemble the face of a dragon. The snapdragon blooms come in a variety of colors, including white, pink, red, yellow, orange and lavender.
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