Alpine perennials like Leontopodium alpinum are plants with symbolic character
The Alpine edelweiss is a symbolic and well-known plant from numerous mountain regions in Europe and Asia. The summer-green perennial belongs to the genus Leontopodium. It is strictly protected in the wild and may not be planted. However, the alpine edelweiss has been cultivated for a long time and is a very popular ornamental plant. The alpine edelweiss decorates flowerbeds, rockery and looks lovely in the plant trough. Leontopodium alpinum is the symbolic plant of the Alps par excellence.
Leontopodium alpinum delights with its silvery white flowers
The edelweiss blooms from June to August and delights the observer for months. The silvery-white, noble flowers grow up to eight centimetres tall and stand on stems up to 20 centimetres long. The fleshy white flowers are bracts that surround the small inflorescence. The felty green-grey foliage leaves are also striking. They stand in a rosette, are lanceolate and hairy underneath. The leaves grow up to five centimetres long. The alpine perennial is an eye-catcher. If you remove the dead leaves, the plant will often sprout again in late summer with a slightly smaller flower.
Planting and caring for the Alpine Edelweiss
When planting Leontopodium alpinum, make sure you choose the right location. The perennial prefers a sunny to semi-shady spot, preferably in a south-facing position. The soil should be well drained, stony, calcareous and lean with a little humus. For a planter or balcony box, it is important that the container has a drainage hole at the bottom. The alpine white does not tolerate waterlogging. The water requirement is low. The gardener should only give the perennial a little water during prolonged dry spells. It is important to water the root area and not the leaves and to let the plant dry out well each time. You can plant the Alpine Edelweiss all year round. When planted in groups, between ten and twelve specimens can be planted per square metre.
Winter-hardy and uncomplicated
Alpine perennials such as the Alpine Edelweiss do not require any special care. They are hardy and perennial. Only in very harsh and cold regions is a light winter protection with dry leaves or brushwood recommended. If these requirements are met, you will enjoy the alpine plant for years. Leontopodium alpinum can be wonderfully combined with other plants. Together with Polsterphlox or low-growing bellflower you can conjure up beautiful views in rock gardens and alpines. It is not uncommon for the edelweiss plant with its striking, noble flowers to remain in all its glory until winter.