A remarkable number of wildflowers grow on Hydra, including several rare species. Common varieties to the island include daffodils, cyclamens, and poppies which dot the countryside along with cypress and pine trees, thyme and other bushes, as well as century-old olive trees.
The olive and sage, have been held in high regard due to their nutritious properties down through millennia, and grow in abundance throughout Hydra. Aromatic Thyme leaves are made into a medicinal oil as well as used in various aromas.
Without a doubt, the pine tree is the island’s most abundant plant, and it can be seen growing in various places throughout the island along with the cypress tree. Both are typically found along the limestone bluffs around Hydra.
Hydra is home to several types of migratory as well as permanent bird species, including thrushes, turtle doves, quails and partridges. Several small mammals including wild hares and rabbits, the unique wild goat of Hydra and a large variety of amphibians and reptiles complete Hydra’s rich ecosystem.