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Leontopodium alpinum

Edelweiss

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  • Leontopodium alpinum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Leontopodium alpinum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Leontopodium alpinum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Features

  • BloomsJuly to September
  • Height0.15m to 0.3m
  • Spread0.15m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourWhite, yellow
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades

Description

Leontopodium alpinum (Edelweiss). This is a short-lived perennial that has lance-shaped downy leaves with silvery- white flowers which bloom in the spring. The flowers are surrounded by thick woolly bracts which will form a star shape around the flower. These plants do not like over watering, so grow them in very well drained soil. You should sow indoors at a temperature of 55 degrees.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Other common names

Lion's foot

Origin

European Alps

Interest and use

Ground cover, border, rock garden, container, edging, walls Summer interest.

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  • Leontopodium alpinum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
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  • Leontopodium alpinum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy, Poor quality, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

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.

Propagation

Division

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs and snails aphids and spider mites.

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