Oreja de Oso (ramonda myconi)
Oreja de Oso or Bear’s Ear (ramonda myconi) is and endemic wild flower of the Pyrenees.
Purple flowers with protruding yellow centres rise from a base of dark green leaves.
Living in limestone areas it prefers rocky north facing cliffs and boulders.
Oreja de Oso is actually a member of the same family as African Violet and it’s leaves
are very similar. It’s thought that the family first lived in the Pyrenees when the
climate was much warmer. As the climate changed this variety adapted to the cold
and remained in the area while the rest of the family retreated to warmer climes
Some of the most spectacular wild flowers of the Pyrenees are the lilies. The yellow
Pyrenean lily and the purple Turk’s cap or martagon lily are particularly photogenic
with tall flower stems holding half a dozen large flowers with upturned petals and
protruding stamen. Other lilies that we often see are the white St Bruno’s and St
Bernards lilies and lily of the valley.