Leontopodium nivale, commonly called edelweiss, is a well-known mountain flower, belonging to the Asteraceae (daisy or sunflower family). The plant prefers rocky limestone places at about 1,800–3,000 metres altitude. It is non-toxic, and has been used traditionally in folk medicine as a remedy against abdominal and respiratory diseases. The dense hair appears to be an adaptation to high altitudes, protecting the plant from cold, aridity, and ultraviolet radiation.
As a scarce, short-lived flower found in remote mountain areas, the plant has been used as a symbol for alpinism, for rugged beauty and purity associated with the Alps and Carpathians, and as a national symbol, especially of Austria, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, and Switzerland. According to folk tradition, giving this flower to a loved one is a promise of dedication.
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Stunning macro shot! Lovely star shaped flowers!ReplyDelete
Best photo yet that I've seen of edelweiss.ReplyDelete
I've never seen edelweiss, It's quite lovely.ReplyDelete
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Where's Julie Andrews? ;-)ReplyDelete
Always right away that specific song comes up in my mind ;-)ReplyDelete
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