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Growth habit, 2002.

Foliage and flowers, 2002.

Foliage and flowers in 2003 were not nearly as vigorous.

Leontopodium alpinum


Narrow, linear, tomentose leaves grow in clumps 1-4 inches long. Unbranching stems have smaller, gray-green wooly leaves and end in compact cymes of small yellow flowers. Wooly bracts surrounding the flowers look like petals.

Plant Type: perennial

Plant Form or Habit: cushion mound or small clump

Plant Use: In rock gardens.

Light Requirement: full sun

Flower Color:
Bloom Period:
early summer
Height: Minimum: 6 inches      Maximum: 8 inches

Width: Minimum: 6 inches     Maximum: 8 inches

Foliage Texture: fine

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4

Water Requirements: low

Additional Comments: This plant grew very nicely in the 2002 season, but was much reduced in size by 2003. We expect that it will be a short-lived perennial.

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