Welcome to our Home Page!
Throughout history the iconic Edelweiss flower symbolized courage, truth and hope in a tumultuous world. Today the plant firmly retains it’s appeal to express unchanging values and sentiments.
The famously rare and protected Edelweiss plants (Leontopodium alpinum) grown since 1987 on our high altitude plantation, are hand-cultivated, and raised without pesticides or chemical fertilizers in the clean air of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
We carefully choose each Edelweiss and dry it in fine white sand, achieving a perfectly natural look and feel. Edelweiss Extract for skin and hair care products is also made right on the Farm in July. Live Edelweiss Plants are available to Canadians from May to September.
The blossoms can be crafted into garlands, corsages, boutonnières, bouquets and everlasting floral arrangements. Dried Edelweiss flowers are used in special gift and product packaging, framed, added to greeting cards, invitations, name or place cards and more.
Our special Edelweiss & Goat’s Milk Soap , Edelweiss Seeds attractive Edelweiss Greeting Cards, Floral Arrangements, Live Edelweiss Plants make unique gifts for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Valentines Day, Easter Holiday, Christmas… you name it.
- Edelweiss for sale UK?
- Edelweiss care
- What Is Edelweiss: Learn How To Plant Edelweiss In The Garden
- What is Edelweiss?
- How to Plant Edelweiss
- Care of Edelweiss
- How to Grow Leontopodium Plants
- Guide to Growing Edelweiss
- How to Grow Edelweiss (Leontopodium Plants)
- Caring for Edelweiss Care
- Common Garden Species
- Leontopodium Growing and Care Guide
- Edelweiss can be grown in Wisconsin
- The mystical and mythical edelweiss
- The cult of the noble white flower
- From kitsch to cool
- All About Edelweiss Flowers
- How to Grow Edelweiss in Your Garden
Edelweiss for sale UK?
Edelweiss for sale UK. Edelweiss brings back fond memories. We all watched ‘The Sound of Music’ every Christmas didn’t we? Listening to Captain Von Trapp softly singing “Edelweiss, Edelweiss …,” with a broken voice whilst looking up at his vulnerable family. Austria on the brink of war. No wonder this nostalgic flower is a symbol of courage and is the national flower of Austria. Edelweiss is a perennial alpine wildflower. Because of its beautiful appearance and spectacular white flowers it is also an excellent pot plant. Lovely for the patio or garden table. Edelweiss is protected in most countries in the wild. Fortunately, cultivated plants are available again for those who truly appreciate rare garden plants. For sale online via our website: online garden centre Flowerbulbsinc.co.uk.
Edelweiss requires little care to thrive, as it is used to growing in harsh conditions. It is a beautiful rock garden plant that grows well in nooks and crannies in the rock garden. Edelweiss flourishes in nutrient-poor soils such as sand or gravel in a bright sunny garden area. Edelweiss plants need room to grow as they do not like to be crowded by other plants. It is important that the soil is well drained, so that the roots do not stand in water for prolonged periods of time. Are you looking for a unique and special plant for your garden? Then Edelweiss is definitely worth adding to your plant collection. Buy yours online today.
What Is Edelweiss: Learn How To Plant Edelweiss In The Garden
Sweet little alpine flowers and wooly leaves characterize the nostalgic edelweiss plant. Oddly, they are classified as short lived perennials, which produce fewer and fewer flowers over time. Edelweiss is a classic flowering plant whose name means “noble” and “white” in German. It is found in many challenging environments and originates from the Steppe of Asia. Learn how to plant edelweiss and enjoy it as part of your rock or container garden.
What is Edelweiss?
Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum) is a member of the daisy family. The plants are said to have snowy white flowers, but in reality the fuzzy white forms are modified leaves. The true flowers are short lived and rather unappealingly yellow and tiny.
The plant is extremely hardy and has a fibrous root system that helps anchor it on rocky slopes. The thick, furry leaves help prevent moisture loss and form a barrier against wind and scouring rain. Edelweiss plants are slow growing and rarely exceed 8 by 8 inches.
What is edelweiss useful for? The
plant has derivatives that make excellent sun blocks and skin care!
How to Plant Edelweiss
Edelweiss plants are not fussy little herbs. The need full sun and are hardy down to zone 4 in the USDA plant hardiness rating. You can purchase mature plants or start seed inside at least six weeks before the date of the last frost.
Sow seed on the surface of the soil and then mist lightly. Keep damp until germination and then move the plants to a sunny window. Transplant the seedlings after hardening off into a well amended garden bed with bright light and excellent drainage.
Growing edelweiss from seed is not a precise science. The germination percentage is variable. Store seed in the freezer for approximately three months to mimic the stratification they would receive in the wild.
Care of Edelweiss
The most important consideration for growing edelweiss plants is the soil. They need superior drainage and a pH that is slightly alkaline to medium acidity. For container plants, make a mixture of equal parts peat moss, sand and compost. In-ground plants need a similar mixture, which you can work into the existing soil.
One of the factors that is not important to the care of edelweiss is water. In its native range, edelweiss is exposed to scouring winds and freezing temperatures. It is often in arid conditions and doesn’t tolerate soggy soils. Once the plant is established, it rarely needs water and additional moisture should be suspended entirely in winter.
Cover the plant with a thick layer of mulch in late fall and then pull it away in spring to allow new growth to come through. Edelweiss may self seed in areas with cooler summers. As a rule, it dies out after several seasons in the home landscape but the baby plants will eventually grow up and delight you anew with the wooly flower-like foliage.
How to Grow Leontopodium Plants
Guide to Growing Edelweiss
An essential part of many gardens, Leontopodium is a hardy perennial that reaches about 30 cm in height.
It blooms from late spring through to summer, and carries white stellar shaped flowers.
The foliage is lance shaped and woolly in nature. Common names for Leontopodium include Edelweiss.
Leontopodium alpinum – Edelweiss by Franco Folini.
Edelweiss by nordique.
How to Grow Edelweiss (Leontopodium Plants)
If growing outdoors from seed then sow the Edelweiss seeds on the surface.
This should be done in the spring before the last frost.
Edelweiss prefers to grow in a partly shaded part of the rock garden, in a gritty loose soil that is close to neutral acidity (pH 6.5 to 7.5).
If you plan to first grow Edelweiss indoors, then the process should start about two months before they are due to be transplanted into the garden (following the last frost of spring).
The seeds should be imbibed by placing the seeds (within soil) in a black plastic bag, then putting them in the fridge for three weeks.
Seeds should then be sown out at a temperature of 12 Celsius (54°F). Thye willnormally take about two to six weeks to germinate.
Once established they should be spaced out at 10 cm (4 inches) apart for small Leontopodium species, to 30 cm (12 inches) apart for larger Leontopodium varieties.
Caring for Edelweiss Care
Leontopodium Care: Edelweiss like to grow in snow, and thus take a little looking after in areas that do not receive snow.
If this is the case you should surround the Edelweiss plant with a mulch in the winter to simulate the snow experience. This mulch should be removed at the start of spring.
If you live in a snowy area then leave Edelweiss be in the winter, but protect it from heavy rainfalls in both circumstances.
Further plants can be propagated by division, this should be done every couple of years due to the short life span of Edelweiss.
Common Garden Species
Edelweiss photograph by Franco Folini.
Alpen-Edelweiß photograph by xulescu_g.
Leontopodium Growing and Care Guide
Common Names: Edelweiss, Alpine snow flower, Lady’s mantle
Life Cycle: Hardy perennial.
Height: 6 to 16 inches (15 to 40 cm).
Native: Europe. Asia. Southern America.
Growing Region: Zones 4 to 7. UK Hardiness: H6 to -20°C (-4°F)
Flowers: Late spring and/through to early autumn.
Flower Details: White. Star-shaped. Hairy.
Foliage: Lanceolate. Hairy/wooly. Small. Silver.
Sow Outside: Surface. Start of spring – before the last frost. Spacing 3 to 12 inches (8 to 30 cm).
Sow Inside: Germination time: one week to two months. Temperature: 50°F (10°C). Mix seeds in a moist growing medium, place in a freezer bag, then stratify by refrigeration for three weeks. Ten weeks before expected last frost. Transplant outdoors following the last frost.
Requirements and care: Partial shade. Good drainage. Soil pH 6.5 to 7.5. Gritty soil. Protect from rain in the winter. Divide every two years to maintain vigour in this short lived but hardy perennial. Propagate: by dividing by in the spring.
Miscellaneous: Mountainous plants that thrive when protected by a blanket of snow in the winter. Edelweiss flower meaning: the common name for this plant ‘Edelweiss’, comes from the German words for Nobel (edel) and white (weiß).
Closely Related Species: Michaelmas Daisy; Cupid’s dart; Tickseed; Silver carpet; and Common Zinnia.
Edelweiss can be grown in Wisconsin
Every morning you greet me.
Small and white
Clean and bright
You look happy to meet me.
Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever.
Bless my homeland forever.
Many of us are familiar with the song “Edelweiss” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1965 musical “Sound of Music.” The musical is based in Austria where the small white flower is protected and illegal to pick.
When my husband and I moved to our former home 26 years ago, the only plant the previous owners asked to take with them from the beautifully landscaped yard was an edelweiss they had brought back from Austria. They were kind enough to divide it so I had an edelweiss plant too. I kept it alive several years and saved dried edelweiss flowers in a vase for more than 20 years.
Edelweiss is a small plant with sweet little white flowers and fuzzy, silvery leaves. The flowers, set flat against the leaves, look like pretty snowflakes blooming from late spring through early fall. One plant may spread to 8 inches by 8 inches and grow 4 to 16 inches tall. Originating high in the European Alps, edelweiss does best in loose, gritty soil and is a star in the rock garden or as a ground cover.
Edelweiss is a short-lived, slow-growing perennial that likes full sun to part shade. Most important for the success of growing edelweiss is the soil, which must be well-drained and slightly alkaline. Mix compost and peat moss into the top 6 inches of soil before planting. A sprinkling of lime at the time of planting is helpful. Once established, edelweiss needs no supplemental watering. Be certain not to plant it in a spot that will be under water when snow melts in spring. If you cannot be confident of reliable snow cover all winter, cover the plants with a thick mulch in late fall and remove it in early spring.
Both edelweiss plants and seeds may be obtained by mail-order. After hardening off to become accustomed to non-greenhouse weather, plants may be placed in the ground outdoors after the last spring frost.
Seeds need to be stratified by storing them in a freezer for three months to mimic winter conditions before planting in spring. Seeds can be started indoors in March or April. Sow them on the surface of the soil and keep them moist by misting daily. Move them to a sunny window when they germinate.
Outdoors, seeds can be planted as soon as the soil is bare. Scatter them on top of the soil and use the mist setting on your hose nozzle to keep them moist and avoid washing them away.
Expect bloom the second summer after planting if you grow edelweiss from seed.
Since edelweiss is short-lived, divide it every few years to prolong its life. In cool summers, it may produce seeds which will germinate and provide young plants to take over when the old ones die out.
Lawanda Jungwirth is a UW-Extension Master Gardener. Email her at [email protected]
The mystical and mythical edelweiss
The unique features and appearance of the edelweiss have inspired many names, starting with the first mention of the Wollblume (‘wool flower’) by Zurich naturalist Konrad Gessner in the 16th century. Klein Löwenfuss (‘small lion’s foot’), étoile du glacier (‘star of the glacier’), étoile d’argent (‘silver star’) or immortelle des Alpes (‘everlasting flower of the Alps’) have all been used by various botanists and biologists to describe the flower.
The first written trace of the name edelweiss, which in German means ‘noble white’, appeared in a 1785 study by Austrian naturalist Karl von Moll, but it wasn’t until the mid-19th century that the name caught on when several famous German-speaking botanists started using the name. Since this time, the name edelweiss has transcended languages and borders.
The cult of the noble white flower
How did the edelweiss overshadow other mountain flowers like the Alpine rose, widely viewed to be aesthetically more beautiful? Following a trip through the Bernese Alps in 1881, the American writer Mark Twain called the edelweiss the “ugly Swiss favourite” and described the flower as neither attractive nor white but said that the “fuzzy blossom is the colour of bad cigar ashes”.
However, Twain was too late. By the time critics started questioning whether the flower was worthy of its cult status, myths about its mystique and exceptionalism were already widely accepted. These myths were intimately tied to the boom in alpinism in the mid-19th century and the values of courage and strength associated with the sport.
One of the greatest myths about the flower is its inaccessibility. Tobias Scheidegger, a senior researcher of popular culture at the University of Zurich, who researched the edelweiss for a 2011 exhibit at the Botanical Gardens in Geneva and Zurich, argues that the popular belief that the flower only grows on ice and steep rock is botanically not true. He explains, “It was actually the alpinists themselves who popularised this image to promote themselves as brave, strong men.”
One of the most famous stories about the edelweiss is of a young man risking his life climbing the steep rocky face of a mountain to gather edelweiss flowers for a woman as a demonstration of his love and bravery. In the 1861 novel ‘Edelweiss’, German author Berthold Auerbach exaggerated the difficulty of acquiring the flower, claiming: “The possession of one is proof of unusual daring.”
The flower was also believed to possess magical powers. The first mention of the edelweiss by Moll described a conversation with a farmer in the Zillertal valley, Austria, who argued that when used as incense, the flower’s smoke drives away spirits that attack livestock and cause udder infections. The flower was said to aid digestion and treat respiratory illnesses like tuberculosis. Its medicinal benefits were perpetuated later in poems and stories: for example, in the 1970 classic Asterix in Switzerland, Asterix and Obelix are sent on a search to find edelweiss or what is known as ‘silver star’ for an antidote to a poison.
The edelweiss was also used to make political statements at different points in history. In the 19th century, the flower represented a paradise at a time of scepticism about Europe’s growing cities. The flower was also a controversial symbol of nationalism in Germany and Austria, as the favourite flower of Adolf Hitler but also the emblem of the Nazi resistance movement, the Edelweiss Pirates. The famous ‘Edelweiss’ song, created for the 1959 Broadway musical and film adaptation of ‘The Sound of Music’, was a statement of Austrian patriotism in the face of Nazi pressure.
Although the flower was not used to promote nationalism in Switzerland, it has helped shape national identity. Scheidegger explains that, “Switzerland, like many countries in Europe, went through a period of reflection after the Berlin Wall fell. The edelweiss became an important part of redefining what it means to be Swiss.”
From kitsch to cool
As tourism flourished in Switzerland, the obsession with the edelweiss eventually endangered it. Tourists and mountaineers picked the flower as a souvenir of their travels. The canton of Obwalden banned people from digging up the plant’s roots in 1878 in what is considered one of the first environmental protection laws in Europe. Today the flower is not listed as an endangered species at the federal level, but several cantons include it as a protected plant.
Although the edelweiss is no longer considered rare, its mystique and value to Swiss cultural life remain. Scheidegger explains that in the mid-20th century, the edelweiss was considered kitsch. “It was largely featured on cheap souvenirs and lost some of its attractiveness. However, there was a rebranding in the 1990s that helped revive the edelweiss. This was strongly tied to the concept of reimagining traditions and embracing the country’s roots and heritage.”
Today, the edelweiss not only represents a connection to the nature and beauty of Switzerland but is a trademark of Swiss quality and uniqueness. In Switzerland, the image of an edelweiss flower adorns everything from advertisements for dental offices to the 5 franc coin to the rank insignia for the Swiss Armed Forces. Its value extends beyond the Alps, with many of today’s companies bearing the edelweiss name and image. A financial services company in Mumbai, a chocolate company in Beverly Hills, and a delicatessen in New York are all named after the flower.
5 franc coin
Guten Tag! Today’s post is all about Edelweiss. I have countless pieces of jewellery from Germany with the Edelweiss on it, but it was only recently that I stopped to wonder: Why, exactly, is the Edelweiss so symbolic of Germany? What does it mean? Why is it everywhere?
Image via .
First of all, it came to my attention that the Edelweiss is more associated with Switzerland than it is Germany. It is actually a symbol of Switzerland, which is why you will see it used on many different brand logos, and even on Swiss money!
Image via .
But you will also find images and prints of the Edelweiss flower in Germany – especially on the Bavarian Tracht (traditional dress) worn in southern Germany, like this Lederhosen below:
Image via .
Here are some more facts about Edelweiss!
Edelweiss is a white flower with woolly, star-shaped petals.
Edelweiss grows in the Alps. It is a symbol of Switzerland, but also of Alpine Germany and Austria.
Edelweiss actually originated in the Himalayas, but over time it migrated to the Alps!
Image via .
The word Edelweiss literally translates to ‘noble white’.
It is also sometimes called a Wollblume (‘Wool Flower’) or Klein Löwenfuss (‘Little Lion Foot’).
Originally, Edelweiss could only be found at very high altitudes, up in the Alps where it survived the harshest of winters. That is why this little flower is associated with strength and toughness.
It also came to be a symbol of courage, bravery and love; because of how high up the Edelweiss grew, if your partner were to bring you an Edelweiss flower, it would mean they have climbed up to a very high altitude to get it! Nowadays, however, the Edelweiss can be found much lower down (but is still a symbol of courage and love). 🙂
Image via .
You will see the Edelweiss on certain Austrian army officials’ uniforms, and on those of the German mountain troops in the Bavarian Alps.
Two places you might recognise the word Edelweiss from are:
- The song ‘Edelweiss’ from the musical The Sound of Music. This song is using the symbol of the Edelweiss to talk about Austrian patriotism.
- The Edelweiss Pirates (die Edelweißpiraten in German), a youth group who opposed Nazi rule during World War II, and in particular rebelled against the way the Hitler Youth took away young people’s freedom during this time.
Image via .
Now you know a bit more about Edelweiss. 🙂 Who would have thought a flower could have so much meaning, symbolism and history behind it? I hope this has been interesting!
For more language learning advice, free resources, and information about how we can help you reach your language goals, select the most relevant newsletter(s) for you and sign up below.
All About Edelweiss Flowers
When most American people think about Edelweiss flowers, the first thing that comes to mind is the song that is sung in The Sound of Music, but little do people know that there is a romantic story behind this flower.
Edelweiss flowers can be found growing in Germany in areas at altitudes of at least 5,600 feet on up to around 9,000 feet. They are a protected plant in several countries, including Poland, Serbia, Austria, Italy and Germany. Edelweiss grows well in light soil that have good drainage. They grow best in areas with a Southern exposure.
If you translate the word “Edelweiss”, it means “noble” and “white”. So where did it get its name? Well, in the good old days, men would venture out into the alps to collect these flowers for their loved ones. Edelweiss was not always easy to get to, and sometimes these men would fall from icy ledges and snowy peaks. It was not uncommon to hear of men falling to their death trying to collect these beautiful flowers. If you were successful and able to bring these flowers home to your loved one, you were considered a brave man as well as one that risked his life to prove his love. This is the reason today that German men will proudley wear this flower. Unlike here in the United States, where wearing something flowered is considered unmanley, wearing this flower in Germany was like a wearing a medal of honor!
Aside from the notoriety of this flower, it was also considered the “flower of emperors and kings”. Some of the famous people that loved this flower was Austrian Emperor Franz Josef, Empress Elizabeth, German Kaiser Wilhelm I and also probably more well known was King Ludwig II of Bavaria (the king who built the famous Neuschwanstein Castle).
Most people may think that the Edelweiss flower is actually a flower, but in reality, it is not. They do not produce blossoms. Their petals are actually leaves that have a soft fine furry hair covering – and white with a light tinge of green. The center of this plant is yellow from pollen dust.
To this day, Edelweiss is considered an image of purity and lasting love. They are still popular today in German weddings and are found printed on clothing, pins, cards and several other types of German souvenirs. They are also used in teas and the extract is used in making cosmetics and skin care products. The extract from Edelweiss is considered a high end product because it has the ability to neutralize free radicals and slows down the oxides in the aging process of skin. The bio-flavonoids in Edelweiss also can strengthen the walls of blood vessels which helps in the treatment of vascular problems.
Overall, Edelweiss has many benefits, but most of all, and what will always remain, is the fact that Edelweiss is a representation of love, purity and nobility.
How to Grow Edelweiss in Your Garden
Edelweiss is a perennial and a cold hardy plant that will grow in growing zones 2 through 7 in the United States. They will grow well from seed and prefer either full or partial sun. They do however need a period of cold weather before germinating. Once bloomed, they tend to look best growing around rocks.
The best way to grow Edelweiss from seed is to plant in late fall or early spring with peat moss and composted manure. You can add a bit of lime if you like. Mix these ingredients into the top 8 inches or so of soil.
Sprinkle the seeds on the top of the soil and water. Be careful that you don’t have the spray nozzle set to spray hard so that you don’t wash the seeds away.
Keep the soil moist, just enough to germinate the seeds (takes about two weeks). Keep watered but do not saturate. In the fall, cover the plants with some mulch and remove the mulch in the spring. They will bloom in June and July of the second season.