planting, flowering and care for the silver star

These star-shaped, silvery flowers belong to the edelweiss, a perennial mountain plant found in the Alps and Pyrenees. Sometimes nicknamed the silver star, edelweiss elevates your interior to give it a magical atmosphere. This flower seems to have something magical while giving off a wonderful and sophisticated fragrance. Here’s everything you need to know about edelweiss, the silver star.

The characteristics of edelweiss

This plant generally grows at altitudes between 2000 and 3000 meters, but can be grown in the garden or in pots at lower altitudes. Edelweiss, also called silver star because of the color of its flowers, is native to Siberia and would have been introduced during the Ice Age. It is edible and the greatest chefs often use it to make their desserts. It is also widely used in the preparation of cosmetics, especially in antiaging creams. The plant also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Selection is prohibited this flower in the French Alps, because it is a protected species.

Where and when to plant edelweiss?

The planting of the specific species is carried out during spring to achieve flowering between May and September. Edelweiss loves soil dry and calcareous. If the soil is too rich, the flowers will not have the covering feature. Partial shade orientation is recommended. Finally, watering should only be done in very hot weather.

Edelweiss
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The maintenance of edelweiss

This plant, being particularly resistant, requires little attention. Indeed, the soil should remain poor and no fertilizer should be added during flowering. If some flowers are dry and flowering is over, it is possible to remove them to stimulate the next growth.

Watch out for snails and slugs that like edelweiss. To prevent these molluscs from destroying your beautiful silver stars, place fern manure around the plants. Beer traps are also very effective at controlling these garden pests.

Seedlings

It is possible to reuse edelweiss seeds to grow others. For this, they must be collected from the flowers that will dry at the end of summer. The seeds must be planted between March and April on sandy and wet substrate. Then, once the growth is done, all that is left is to plant them in the ground during the month of August.

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