Plant type: perennial.
Description: This is a magnificent flower that is an integral part of many modern gardens. It is a hardy perennial. It reaches a height of about 30 cm.
- Origin: Europe, Asia, South America.
- Flowering: The flowers appear in late spring and summer and are shaped like white stars.
- Foliage: the shape of the leaves is lanceolate, and in nature they are pubescent.
- Lighting: partial shade.
Edelweiss – cultivation
Soil type: Edelweiss flower prefers well-drained soil, and the pH level should be between 6.5 and 7.5. The soil must be sandy.
Watering: Edelweiss, which is easy to grow, requires regular watering.
Reproduction: carried out by planting seeds. If you decide to reproduce edelweiss from seeds in the garden, then the seeds need to be scattered directly on the surface of the soil, and the best period for this is the beginning of spring, until the last frost. The distance between plants should be from 8 to 30 cm. If you plan to propagate edelweiss at home, then the first shoots will appear in 1-8 weeks. The temperature should be around 10 degrees. Mix the seeds in moist soil, place them in the refrigerator for three weeks. You can plant them in the garden after the last frost.
Additionally: edelweiss prefers to grow in snow cover, so you need to pay special attention to it if you live in an area where there is no snow. In such a situation, it is recommended to use mulching in the winter. This way you will create an imitation of snow cover. Mulching should be removed in early spring. If you live in a country where snow falls, then leave the flower in the winter, but protect it from heavy rains.
Edelweiss alpine: description
This is a slow growing plant that blooms luxuriantly in high Alpine mountains. This type of flower is a herbaceous perennial plant with beautiful foliage and beige-white flowers. In appearance, they resemble daisies . This variety is native to southern and central Europe. It should be noted that this plant is quite spectacular, and even legends and songs are composed about it. The flower is best suited for growing in rock gardens in cool to cold climates. Belongs to the Compositae family.
Individual specimens of this species grow from 15 to 30 cm in height, and they grow in width by 15-22 cm. As they grow, edelweiss gradually expand, and they grow just as well from underground roots as from seeds. The bracts, as mentioned above, have a white tint, and they reach a width of about 10 cm, while the flower itself has a yellow tint, which the bracts go around. The flowers have a soft, hairy surface that emerges amidst silvery-green foliage.
This type of edelweiss grows well in stony, sandy soil with good drainage, which makes them popular for use in rock gardens. In addition, they look great in borders or planted in a mass to cover the soil in the garden. The plant begins to bloom in late summer, and flowering continues until early autumn. In regions where severe frosts occur in winter, the foliage dies off and reappears in the spring. It should be noted that the plant will not be able to survive in hot and at the same time humid conditions.
Like all alpine flowers, edelweiss can grow well in poor soils, cold temperatures, wind resistance, and harsh sunlight. But, despite this, the plants grow rather slowly under not the most suitable conditions. Due to the fact that edelweiss are often removed from their natural habitat, their numbers are gradually decreasing. The magnificent beauty of the flower, its slow growth rate, all this, combined with human hunting for these plants, has led to the fact that they are now on the list of protected species.