Flora

The S˙żov Rocks are famous for a remarkable collection of plant species. The species variety is intensified by the fact that two main streams of vegetation expansion meet in the are- Panonian (species on sunny, southly orientated rocks) and Carpathian (species on colder places).

Among the flowers blooming in spring belong: Primula (primrose), Pulsatilla, Gentiana clusil.

Mosses, Lichens and Ferns (f.e. asplenium) prefer darker and moister places. Here we can also find bluebells. Flowers are present also in the beechen forests, f.e. Hepatica nobilis, Convallaria Majalis (lily of the valley), etc.

Flowers from the orchis family can be found in the S˙żov Rocks as well, f.e. Lilium martagon (lily). They are direct relatives of the orchids in the tropics and subtropics. They are very sensitive to living condiction and therefore endangered also in the S˙żov
Rocks.

The only tree that grows straight on the rocks is a pine. Bushes are also widely spread here
(similar species as in beechen forests).

A beech prevails in forests. On warmer slopes it is joined by pine, oak, as well as a wide
range of bushes : Cornus Mas, Berberis vulgaris, Sorbus (rowan), etc.
On more extreme places beeches are mixed with maples. Rare Taxus Baccata (yew) also grows here (it can live for more than 1000 years).