Ticino is the only canton south of the Alps and is home to several unexpected botanical excellences. They are characteristic of its Mediterranean environment, more frequent than in other locations, or even unique! Thanks to the mild climate, the territory is home to various plant species, some of them extremely rare and protected. Knowing them is important in order to safeguard them. Plant care is a precious art and there is no lack of specialised centres that recover, study and preserve ancient plant varieties throughout the territory.