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Leontopodium alpinum (photo courtesy of Trevor Sims/Garden World Images)
Leontopodium alpinum (photo courtesy of Trevor Sims/Garden World Images)

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Zones 1-9, 14-17
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Leontopodium alpinum

Edelweiss

Perennials, Flowers

Much loved and legally protected in many Eurasian countries, this small, short-lived alpine perennial is native to the mountains of Europe. Gros to 1 ft. high and wide, it has woolly white stems, leaves, and bracts. Small white flower heads are crowded at the stem tips; a collar of slender leaves radiates out from below each flower head—more like the arms of a starfish than like a member of the sunflower family. Tiny bracts of flower heads are tipped with black. Blooms in early summer. Needs excellent drainage.

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