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Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum)

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Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum)
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Item number
Seed quantity:
350 Pcs.
Botanical name:
Antennaria leontopodium, Gnaphalium leontopodium, L. alpinum, Leontopodium nivale
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The white, unmistakable blossoms (or rather flower heads, as they are not true blossoms but special forms of inflorescences) of the alpine edelweiß are certainly one of the most emblematic plant symbols in Europe, and its reputation has been equally
promoted by romantic nature poetry and kitschy movies. As a wild plant, it has become enormously rare due to its popularity and wild picking by alpine tourism. It has been put on the red list of endangered species as one of the first plants in Germany, and collecting it is strictly prohibited.

Therefore, if you want to make use of the curative effects of the Edelweiß, which can be used to relieve stomach pains, you must grow it yourself. Larger cultures are found, for example, in Switzerland, where it is used as an ingredient in herbal schnapps and liqueurs. It is a good plant for rockeries and attracts many different insects with its fragrance.

Content approx. 350 alpine Edelweiß seeds

Sowing & Cultivation

The seeds need cold to germinate, therefore either sow in autumn or stratify in spring. Store in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks in a plastic bag to start gemination. Plant out young plants in March or April after the last night frosts. The frost-tolerant mature Edelweiß grows naturally in crevices on limestone, where there is hardly any nutrient-rich soil to be found, therefore it is very suitable for planting in stone gardens and rockeries in permeable, calcareous and nutrient-poor soil in a dry and sunny location. Requires very little water and tolerates moisture badly, especially waterlogging.

Picture source:
By Franco Folini from San Francisco, USA - Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum), CC BY-SA 2.0, Link
By User: Bbb auf wikivoyage shared, CC BY-SA 1.0, Link
By Wepomaq - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Details: Plant description & care

Plant family:
Plant height approx.:
20 cm
Flower colour:
Flowering period :
August, July, June, October, September
Water requirements:
Lifecycle :
Perennial, Vivacious
Winter hardy up to:
–25 °C

Sowing & cultivation

Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
April, February, March
Sowing time outdoors:
August, July, June, May
Sowing depth:
5 cm
Best germination temperature :
12 – 18 °C
Germination time in days:
12 – 21
Planting distance approx.:
15 x 15 cm

Companion planting

Other names

German names:
Alpen–Edelweiß, Alvatern, Federweiß, Wollblume
Spanish names:
Estrella de la nieve, Flor de las nieves, Garra de león
Italian names:
Stella alpina


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