Bituminaria bituminosa is an interesting perennial herb with a characteristic bituminous
(tarry) smell of the leaves, hence its name. It is widely distributed in the Mediterranean
and common in the Maltese Islands, where it grows in garigue and fields. It may be eaten
by goats (hence its Maltese name), along with other plants, grazing in the open after
being taken out daily by a goat herder, a tradition which is active in some rural areas.