Leontopodium alpinum

Unmistakable emblem of the Alpine flora.

Over the last two centuries edelweiss was picked in vast quantities, to the extent that it was almost exterminated. In its natural surroundings it is quite abundant. It grows on sunny calcareous slopes up to 3000 m altitude. The flowers are small and yellowish-white, growing in a cluster, surrounded by conspicuous large woolly, white bracts which give the flowerhead its unmistakable star shape.