Coastal Iris or by the scientific name Iris Atropurpurea is a flowering plant with showy flowers. Iris takes its name from the Greek word for a rainbow, referring to the wide variety of flower colors found among the many species.
Iris Atropurpurea is a protected plant and unique species that can be met only in Israel and Syria. It starts to bloom in the middle of January and reaches the peak in mid-February. The blooming lasts till the beginning of March.
There are several nature reserves in Israel where you can find the Purple Iris. The most popular ones are next to Ness Ziona and Netanya. In recent years I visited the Netanya Reserve twice. Let’s go!
Iris Argaman Reserve in Netanya – 2014
Map of the area:
They vary in colors from red through deep purple to almost black.
There are quite many irises at Nahal Poleg Nature Reserve, and over a short walk, you can see several hundred.
Keep in mind that you will be walking on sand, thus take along appropriate shoes. And use baby carriers instead o strollers.
The Purple Iris – Netanya 2018
We returned to Netanya Poleg Nature Reserve in 2018. We hit the reserve on a Saturday morning, and we arrived quite late (around 11). The nearby parking is quite small (suitable for several dozen cars) and there were many people. Thus, we parked further away, on the curb of Sderot Ben Gurion, together with all other visitors. If you do not want to walk for 15 min from the parking to the park, as we did, then either come earlier or do not visit during Saturdays.
The access to Poleg Nature Reserve is free, and there are no lavatories. If you are looking for a restroom, then you will need to cross the bridge and visit nearby Winter Lake Park.
You can take different routes through the reserve. And, since the park is not huge, it is almost impossible to get lost.
The Purple Iris used to be popular in the coastal plain of Israel. But, due to massive urbanization, it has dramatically decreased in numbers. And on the other side of this park, you can see Ir Yamim neighborhood.
We did not see many anemones in this park. And if you would like to see red carpets then check out Festival Darom Adom.
We made round route and returned to the entrance. The duration of our trip was a little more than an hour.
Nahal Poleg Nature Reserve offers nice and short trails close to home. And Coastal Iris makes it a unique path. Thus, I would recommend a visit.
Moreover, many kinds of Iris bloom in different parts of Israel during Spring, and this was only one of them. So, go out and explore!
Have you ever seen Coastal Iris? What is your favorite flower? Tell us in the comments below.
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That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!