Leontopodium- Edelweiss

Attractive rock plants, better ordered from a nursery or garden centre than brought back from the Alps, which is in any case prohibited.

Situation:

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.

Soil:

Require light, chalky soil, which must be particularly well-drained in winter. In nutritious soil the leaves become grey rather than silvery.

Propagation:

From seed, sown outside under glass in late winter. Also by division.

Leontopodium alpinum, edelweiss: Height 20 cm; white flowers, surrounded by silvery leaves arranged in a star, in summer months.

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