Edelweiss, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Everyone knows of the fame
of the small Edelweiss of the Alps and every tourist
who travels through Switzerland learns the mysterious
story of how they grow under overhanging cliff’s which
means the risk of life when one wishes to get them.
But ideal plants can be grown in our own gardens just
as easily as any other plant. They are one of the hardiest
of plants and withstand severe Winters. The plant is
low, growing from 4 inches to 12 inches high, and is
densely covered with a whitish wool. The leaves are
silvery-gray and lie almost flat on the ground. From
the center grows a flower stem which has three or four
star-like flowers. The true flowers themselves are small
and inconspicuous, but they are surrounded by this star-like
cluster of wooly leaves. This Edelweiss is called Leontopodium
(Gnaphalium) alpinum,
a sort 6 inches tall, bearing
three or four flowers. L. sihiricum has flowers
twice the size of the Alpine Edelweiss but without the
sentimental associations.

Use:. This is an ideal plant
for the rockery.

GENERAL. If these plants
are placed where they will be exposed fully to the sun,
they will be a greenish gray, but they will be a creamy
white if planted in partial shade. Any good sandy garden
soil will do in which some limestone has been mixed.
If the plant is placed between two rather closely fitting
rocks with plenty of sandy soil beneath, it will succeed
nearly as well as it does in the Alps.

PROPAGATION. They are propagated
by seeds sown indoors in early Spring to be placed in
the open border about the first of May; or by division
of the roots in the Fall


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