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Leontopodium Genus

Edelweiss

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Gritty
  • Soil pH7.0 to 8.0

Description

Leontopodium genus (Edelweiss). The genus consists of about 35 species of short-lived, downy perennials produce for there distinctive flowerheads, The leaves are simple and lance-shaped and covered with white hairs. Grow in gritty well drained soil with full sun. You can propagate by division in spring or by seed when fresh.

Characteristics

Perennials

Origin

Europe Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their flower heads. Is suitable for rock gardens.

Cultivation

You need to plant in full sun or partial-shade in a gritty, well-drained soil. They are very frost hardy but will need shelter from winter rain. You can propagate from fresh seeds or by division in spring. Shelter from prevailing, rain bearing winds, as crowns are very intolerant of winter weather.

Propagation

Division in spring or by seed when fresh. Many seeds are not viable.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs and snails aphids and spider mites.

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