The beauty of Tenerife is that it has something to offer for everyone. Although lazing on a beach may be top priority for many people, if you have a passion for plants, you have also come to the right place.
Tenerife is a dream come true for plant finds.
The unique climate and geography of the island provides optimum conditions for biological diversity. Since the weather is often highly localised, microclimates exist that enable different plant species to thrive throughout the island. Tenerife is formed of volcanic rocks, and the combination of erosion and weathering on the rocks has blessed the island with an abundance of soil types, ideal for the survival of a diverse range of plants and flowers. In fact, there are around 140 types of plants that are endemic to Tenerife alone.
If you want to explore on your Tenerife holidays, there are numerous locations in which you can become acquainted with a wide range of Tenerife flowers and plants. One of the most famous plants on the island is actually a tree, known as the Dragon Tree. Located in Icod de Los Vinos, this iconic tree is the largest of its type in the Canary Islands, as is estimated to be somewhere between 500 and 1,000 years old.
For visitors interested in palm trees, a trip to the Palmetum in Santa Cruz is a must. Here, you will find 12 hectares of palm trees, regarded as the best collection in the whole of Europe. The Botanical Gardens in Puerto de la Cruz is also a favourite haunt amongst plant enthusiasts, where you can admire more than 30,000 tropical and sub-tropical specimens.
Discovering Mount Teide flora
Tenerife’s flowers and plants can be found all over the island, but a visit to Mount Teide can reveal a wide range of species that exist only on the slopes of this mountainous peak. Despite the harsh conditions, nearly 170 different types of plants and flowers survive on Mount Teide, with a dozen or more to be found only in this area. The Teide Violet and Teide Edelweiss, for example, are rare Tenerife flowers that thrive only on the upper slopes. The Teide Bugloss and the Teide Broom are also resident species of this National Park and are an especially striking feature of the landscape.
Even if you don’t make it to Mount Teide, keep your eyes open for the Purple Daisy. This pretty flower is native to Tenerife, and can be found in humid areas on the island. Just a few other plants you can spy on the island include the Canary Date Palm, Canary Spurge, Tenerife Cactus and the Canary Island Foxglove, so make sure you grab your camera and discover a captivating new world of plants on your next holiday to Tenerife.