Pinsteps. Floral Wonders on Carmel's Slopes: Calendula and Star of Bethlehem in Terra Rossa Terrain
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On the terra rossa soils of Carmel's southern slopes, flowers like the Calendula and the Star of Bethlehem thrive, creating a vibrant hiking landscape.

Calendula, commonly known as marigold, is notable for its bright orange or yellow flowers. Its name comes from the Latin word 'calendae,' meaning the first day of the month, suggesting its blooming at the beginning of most months. Calendula has been used traditionally for its medicinal properties, especially in skin care and healing salves, due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities.

The Star of Bethlehem flower is known for its striking white star-shaped petals. Its name derives from its biblical association with the Star of Bethlehem that guided the Wise Men. This plant is often seen as a symbol of purity and hope. In herbal medicine, it's sometimes used for its soothing properties, although it should be handled with care as it can be toxic.

Both flowers, with their unique characteristics and mythological connotations, add to the rich tapestry of Carmel Ridge's hiking experience, making the trails not only a journey through nature but also through history and folklore.

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Embark on a captivating hiking adventure through the southern part of Mount Carmel, just a few moments away from the enchanting Ein Zur Spring. This scenic trail offers a convenient and free parking area, making it the perfect starting point for your journey. After your hike, you can relax in the beautiful surroundings of the spring.

In December, you'll be treated to a mesmerizing display of wildflowers, including marigolds, anemones, and cyclamens. As you ascend the cliffs of the mountain, you'll encounter a breathtaking viewpoint where you can take a break and enjoy the splendid vista.

Along the way, you'll discover ancient burial mounds, remnants of early civilizations. Further ahead lies a Roman and Byzantine villa and farm, providing fascinating insights into the region's history.

The trail then winds through the lush Gariga, leading you across the Crocodile River's stream to the main square of Rothschild Park, a popular gathering spot for hikers.

Your journey culminates with a visit to the remarkable ruins of Houri Farm, the ancient Greek fortress of Aleq, the Zur Spring, and the scenic park that surrounds it. This hiking route promises an unforgettable exploration of nature, history, and culture.

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