The Cevennes National Park has very rich flora. More than 2,300 species have been listed, including around twenty endemics. A clear Mediterranean influence benefits this Cevennes flora. The great richness of the flora of the Cevennes National Park also reflects the diversity of the massifs which compose it :
- Mont Lozère
- Mont Aigoual
- Causse Méjean
- Mediterranean Cevennes
This great diversity of species also reflects:
- a wide variety of rocks: schist, granite, sandstone, dolomite, limestone, marl…
- of contrasting climatic influences, Mediterranean, Atlantic and continental.
- of a large amplitude of altitude, these ranging between 300 m and 1,700 m.
- of the different human activities on the territory, agricultural in particular.
You will be able to observe a multitude of species between the chestnut trees in the lower Cévennes and the moors of Mont Lozère, the result of ancestral transhumance. On the Mont Lozère plateau you will find the yellow Narcissus which covers the meadows with yellow from the beginning of spring, the Big Foxglove (purple foxglove), different varieties of Orchis, the yellow gentian, the wild pansy, the primrose, grape hyacinth, meadow sage, cat’s foot (Antennaria dioica) to name just a few.
You will also find all the wild bushes there (rosehips, raspberries, mulberries, junipers, etc.), not to mention medicinal plants like sundew and arnica.
Many of these flowers and plants are protected species. Picking is therefore prohibited. It is also advisable to stay on hiking trails to avoid any trampling that could be detrimental to this flora.
The pictures presented in this gallery are therefore only a very small sample of this biodiversity..