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Scientific classification
L. alpinum
Binomial name
Leontopodium alpinum
Cass., 1822

Edelweiss is a well-known Europe mountain flower.

Description[change | change source]

Leaves and flowers are covered with white hairs and look woolly. Each Edelweiss bloom has five to six small yellow flower heads surrounded by leaflets in a star shape. The flowers are in bloom between July and September.

Range[change | change source]

The Edelweiss prefers rocky limestone places. It has been used traditionally in folk medicine. The hair on the flower protect the Edelweiss from cold.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Randall J. Bayer, Christopher F. Puttock, and Scot A. Kelchner (2000). "Phylogeny of South African Gnaphalieae (Asteraceae) based on two noncoding chloroplast sequences". American Journal of Botany. 87 (2): 259–272. doi:10.2307/2656914. JSTOR 2656914. PMID 10675314.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. Vigneron, Jean Pol (January 2005). "Optical structure and function of the white filamentary hair covering the edelweiss bracts". Physical Review E. American Physical Society. 71. arXiv:0710.2695. Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)