The Alpes-Maritimes are the only point in Europe which is home to all vegetation stages, from an altitude of 0 to 2,700 m.
The Mediterranean stage, with green oak and olive trees below 700m; frogs, spruce and Scots Pines between 700 and 1,500 m; larch and cembro pines between 1,500 and 2,500 m; finally, rhododendron heaths, alpine pastures and lichen above 2,500m.
Of the 4,200 species of plants known in France, 2,500 can be spotted, including 200 rare specimens such as the Ligurian Gentian, the Potentilla Valderia or the Gymnadenia Corneliana. And if you are watchful, you will note that the forty so-called “indigenous” species that can be found in this region of the world. In this respect we should mention the Saxifraga florentula, which flowers only once.