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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-livedalpine perennial is native to themountains of Europe. To 1 ft.high and wide, it has woollywhite stems, leaves, and bracts. Small white flowerheads are crowded at stemtips; a collar of slender leavesradiates out from below eachflower 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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