Wild About Ida

Mount Ida is a paradise for wild flowers. Martyn Rix prospected the area from cool, damp north to hot, dry south. There he found and photographed dwarf flax, giant hogweed – and plants that grow nowhere else in the world

  • The single white rose 'rosa horrida' with its very spiny stems and aromatic leaves

From Troy, far to the north, you can see the long ridge and peaks of Mount Ida dominating the southern skyline. The tops are bare and windswept, but around the flanks of the mountain are woods which trap the winter snow and spring rain feeding the ancient River Scamander, now the Menderes, which reaches the sea near Troy. Mount Ida (in Turkish, Kaz Daği) forms the southern edge of the Vale of Troy, a rich and fertile valley of cornfields and orchards.

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