A herbaceous perennial, a symbol of the Alps and national flower of Switzerland, Edelweiss is one of the world's most famous wild flowers. It colonizes meadows in alpine and highland steppe areas, as high as 3,400 metres elevation.
Rock gardens, raised beds, or even containers are ideal environments for Edelweiss.
Useful gardening information
It is recommended to sow Edelweiss seeds indoors 4 - 6 weeks before last frost and transplant outdoors when temperatures have warmed. Seeds are very small, so do not cover them. Just gently press seeds into the soil in the starter tray. Water from underneath the tray. Transplant the Edelweiss seedlings in a mostly sunny area and in soil that has excellent drainage.
TRM698 Edelweiss ( Leontopodium Alpinum )
Edelweiss is a favorite wildflower of the Swiss Alps, best suited to growing in a well-drained rock garden, mass ground cover planting, or alpine trough. Leontopodium Alpinum plants form a low clump of silvery grey foliage, bearing clusters of wooly white flowers with small flower heads held in stars of glistening whitish bracts in early summer.
The Edelweiss flower is good for cutting, and it can be used in fresh or dried arrangements. Europeans historically have used the Edelweiss herb as a tea to treat diarrhea and dysentery. Edelweiss herb plants are also used widely as a cosmetic cream to aid healing and control facial wrinkles.
The Edelweiss Leontopodium Alpinum plant is low-growing and makes nice compact border plants. They will sometimes self-seed and come back even stronger the following spring. Best in regions with cool summers. Drought-tolerant once established.
Perennial plant for zones 3-9.
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