What Are Some Facts About the Edelweiss Plant?


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The edelweiss plant is a mountain flower with woolly leaves that grows best in alpine soil or well-drained rock gardens. Edelweiss plants belong to the daisy family, Asteraceae, and have flowers that are said to resemble a lion's paw.

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The edelweiss plant grows in full sun and has silvery-grey leaves. The fuzzy white "flowers" of the plant are actually leaves that have been modified. The plant's true flowers are small, yellow buds that do not last long.

Edelweiss plants are hardy and can survive against obstacles such as moisture loss, heavy rain and wind. They can grow up to 8 inches in height and have an 8 to 12 inch spread. The edelweiss has a fibrous root system that allows it to grow on rocky cliffs and slopes.

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