•American grown seeds
Grow these famous flowers from Edelweiss seeds! Edelweiss is a favorite wildflower of the Swiss Alps, best suited to growing in a well-drained rock garden, mass ground cover planting, or alpine trough. Leontopodium Alpinum plants form a low clump of silvery grey foliage, bearing clusters of wooly white flowers with small flower heads held in stars of glistening whitish bracts in early summer. The Edelweiss flower is good for cutting, and it can be used in fresh or dried arrangements. Europeans historically have used the Edelweiss herb as a tea to treat diarrhea and dysentery. Edelweiss herb plants are also used widely as a cosmetic cream to aid healing and control facial wrinkles. The Edelweiss Leontopodium Alpinum plant is low-growing and makes nice compact border plants. They will sometimes self-seed and come back even stronger the following spring. Best in regions with cool summers. Drought-tolerant once established.
Edelweiss was known to help diarrhea and dysentery, and was actually called the “stomach ache flower” in Germany. It was also used to help combat tuburculosis and diphtheria, and was popular mixed in with hot milk and honey. One of its oldest uses was for the treatment of rheumatic pain.
When scientists got their hands on this plant, they found that it contained all sorts of great compounds beneficial to the skin. These include chlorogenic acid, luteolin, bisabolane derivatives, and beta sitosterol. Here's a little more about these:
-Chlorogenic acid is a family of naturally occurring organic compounds, and is a major polyphenol in coffee. It has cleansing properties and is a powerful antioxidant.
-Luteolin is a flavonoid—actually, one of the citrus bioflavonoids known to have many benefits.
-Bisabolane derivatives in the plant possess calming properties.
-Beta sitosterol is a plant sterol helping to leave the skin with a calm and soothing feeling.
Combine all these properties and you have an herb that helps protect from environmental stressors—while nourishing the skin and providing an overall soothing, calming effect.
It is recommended to sow Edelweiss ground cover seeds indoors 4 - 6 weeks before last frost and transplant outdoors when temperatures have warmed. Edelweiss herb seeds are very small, so do not cover them. Just gently press seeds into the soil in the starter tray. Water from underneath the tray. Transplant the Edelweiss ground cover in a mostly sunny area and in soil that has excellent drainage. Rock gardens, raised beds, or even containers are ideal environments for Edelweiss.
USDA Zones: 3-9
Height: 6 inches
Average germination: 21-35 days
Bloom Season: Summer
Light Required: Full sun
Watering: Keep moist
Soil: Gritty, well drained soil.
Seed Depth: Press into soil, but don’t cover.
Seeds per Plant: 8
Plant Spacing: 8 inches
***These products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and therefore we cannot claim to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information on our site is provided for educational purposes only.
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