At the moment, the island of Tenerife is in full bloom with some of its most emblematic and fascinating flowers: the Tajinastes. These beautiful plants display their splendour in different parts of the island, offering an impressive visual spectacle not to be missed.

Where can I see them?

One of the best places to contemplate the Tajinastes in full bloom is the Teide National Park, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, in the Cañadas del Teide, La Fortaleza, the Ucanca Valley and the surrounding area, you can marvel at the majesty of these flowers.

Tajinaste Rojo: the Ambassador of the Canarian Flora

One of the most emblematic species is the Tajinaste Rojo (Echium wildpretii), considered the ambassador of the flora of the Canary Islands. This plant, endemic to the Teide National Park, can reach heights of up to 3 metres and is crowned by a tall flower spike. Its small, bell-shaped flowers display an intense, bright and red colour, creating a striking contrast with the volcanic surroundings.

Blue Tajinaste: A Celestial Jewel in Nature

Another outstanding variety is the Tajinaste Azul (Echium gentianoides). Although smaller than its red counterpart, this Tajinaste does not go unnoticed. Its blue flowers, grouped in dense clusters, add a touch of colour to the landscape.

The Perfect Habitat for Tajinastes

These botanical wonders have found the perfect habitat in Tenerife. Adapted to the unique conditions of volcanic soil and arid climate, the Tajinastes thrive in the slopes and ravines of the Teide National Park. Their ability to take advantage of sunlight and scarce nutrients makes them true survivors.

The Importance of Conservation

However, the conservation of the Tajinastes is crucial. In the past, free-roaming livestock in the Teide National Park posed a threat to their survival, endangering their existence. Thanks to the prohibition of grazing in this protected area, the Tajinastes have made a recovery and continue to symbolize the exceptional and unique biodiversity of Tenerife.

In addition to their visual impact and ecological significance, Tajinastes play a crucial role in the production of high-quality honey. This honey, with a designation of origin, is known for its mild and creamy flavor, as well as its light-colored crystallized appearance.

When visiting Tenerife during the Tajinastes' blooming season, which typically occurs between May and July, you'll have the opportunity to marvel at these natural gems. Remember to be a responsible visitor and refrain from picking or harming these precious flowers. Their conservation is essential to ensure their continuity and for future generations to also enjoy their beauty.

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