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Leontopodium alpinum - Cass.

Common Name Edelweiss
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Alpine meadows and screes.
Range SE and SC Europe.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Leontopodium alpinum Edelweiss


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Leontopodium alpinum Edelweiss
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Summary

Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Leontopodium alpinum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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The whole plant is astringent and antitussive[7].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Alpine garden, Container, Ground cover, Rock garden, Specimen. Requires a position in full sun in any gritty perfectly drained not too fertile circumneutral or slightly alkaline soil[200]. Given a well-drained soil and protection from winter wet, this is one of the easier alpine plants to grow[200]. The plant has been avidly collected from the wild in the past for its ornamental use as a dried flower - this has caused it to become rare in the wild and it is now a protected species[7]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Suitable for dried flowers.

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the cold greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Cass.

Botanical References

200

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