Amberd Castle Flora

The trail between Yerevan and up Mt. Aragats to Nor Amberd and Amberd Fortress takes in a part of Armenia with extraordinary contrasts; covering a series of vegetation zones from semi-desert to steppe and Alpine zones with carpets of flowers.


Amberd Castle Flora

The area around Amberd Castle is in bloom May-July and features some extraordinary flower species.  On this panel are a few of the many that can be found:

Peak season is shown by roman numerals: II= March, IV  = April, V = May, VI = June, etc.  

  1. Tulip (Tulipa julia)
  2. Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum gabrielianae)—named for the author of this text—with large white flowers gathered into head-inflorescence and always with curved bulb.
  3. Pulsatilla (Pulsatilla armena)
  4. Corydalis  (Corydalis nariniana)
  5. Solenanthus (Solenanthus stamineus, Solenanthus cincinatus)
  6. Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica, S. armena)
  7. (Nectaroscordum tripedale)
  8. Phelipaea (Phelipaea tournefortii)
  9. Gladiolii (Gladiolus tenuis)
  10. Chartolepis glasifolia
  11. Poppy (Papaver pseudorientale).
  12. Creeping Juniper (Juniperus depressa)
  13. Stars of Bethlehem(Ornithogalum hajastanum, O. brachystachys)
  14. Daphne (Daphne transcaucasica)
  15. Lagotis (Lagotis stolonifera)
  16. Stars of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum transcaucasicum, O. sigmoideum)
  17. (Globularia trichosantha)

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    How to reach Amberd is about 1 hour north of Yerevan, on Mt. Aragats. Take the M-1 highway north past Ashtarak, then take the Biurakan exit and follow our signs marking the way to the site. From the highway it is about 24.9 km to the complex.

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