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Wildflowers will go forth from Jerusalem

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Skip the hanging geraniums and bright-hued impatiens for the garden. Jerusalem’s Botanical Gardens wants Israelis to plant seeds from its Nechama Rivlin Save the Wildflower Initiative in order to bring back indigenous wildflowers to the region.

The rescued wildflowers include purple lupines and yellow anemones, rare triple flaxseed, pink thistle flowers and white sage, the purple bells of Boissier’s Barbbell and the Crusaders’ Sicilian Snapdragon — some 35 species in all.

“Once Israel had a campaign of not picking the wildflowers. Now we’re encouraging people to grow them,” said Yotam Reshef, who runs Hubitus, the hub for urban sustainability at the Gardens.

The seed project is named for former Israeli president Reuven Rivlin’s wife, Nechama Rivlin, who died in 2019 and was a great supporter of the Botanical Gardens. At the time, the seeds project was a small part of the overall hub, whose aim is to connect the larger Jerusalem and Israeli community to the gardens.

While heritage seeds have always been grown, harvested, gathered and protected at the Gardens, and traded with........

© The Times of Israel

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