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Edelweiss / Leontopodium alpinum | by annkelliott
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Edelweiss / Leontopodium alpinum

Thought some of you might be interested in seeing what an Edelweiss flower looks like, if you haven't seen one before. Lots of us remember the movie, "The Sound of Music". This plant was growing near a tombstone in St. Mary's Cemetery, right next to where we walk at the Erlton/Roxborough Natural Area. Taken on 25 July 2012. Normally, these flowers grow in inaccessible places and are associated with alpine and mountaineering.


"The common name comes from German edel, meaning "noble", and weiß (also spelled weiss) "white", thus signifying "noble whiteness". Leaves and flowers are covered with white hairs and appear woolly (tomentose). Flowering stalks of Edelweiss can grow to a size of 3–20 cm (in cultivation, up to 40 cm). Each bloom consists of five to six small yellow flower heads (5 mm) surrounded by bracts in star formation. The flowers are in bloom between July and September."

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Taken on July 25, 2012