The biological name of this flower is Leontopodium nivale.
The flowers are white in color.
The petals are covered with white hair which is why the seem fluffy. They are arranged in a double star formation.
The flower is native to alpine regions and remote mountainous ranges. It holds special importance in regions like Switzerland, Slovenia, Austria, and Bulgaria.
The national flower of Switz er land is Leontopodium which is called Edelweiss in the common language.
The plants are grown in rocky places that have limestone. It has grown on great altitudes up to 3000 meters. It is used for the treatment of respiratory diseases and has been a part of traditional and folk medicine. The plant is nontoxic in nature. It is covered in white hair which is an adaptation for the extreme weather. The hairs protect the plant from ultraviolet radiations at such height and arid climate of the region. This plant is the symbol of alpinism because it grows in remote mountainous areas and lives for only a short time. It is very scarce but its rugged beauty has made it a symbol for the region it grows in.
In Germany, it was known as the “stomach ache flower” because it was used for the treatment of dysentery and diarrhea.
The flower is grown for art because of its white petals.