Attractive rock plants, better ordered from a nursery or garden centre than brought back from the Alps, which is in any case prohibited.
Strains cultivated in this country, though more tolerant of the wet climate, in pactice do not have quite such a beautiful silvery colour as those found wild in the Alps. Provide full sun and, in severe frost without snow, a light covering.
Require light, chalky soil, which must be particularly well-drained in winter. In nutritious soil thebecome grey rather than silvery.
From, sown outside under glass in late winter. Also by division.
Leontopodium alpinum, edelweiss: Height 20 cm; white, surrounded by silvery leaves arranged in a star, in summer months.