About the edelweiss flower

About the Edelweiss Flower


The word Edelweiss is a flower that grows naturally high in the Alpine mountain range.  It is from the family of daisies and sunflowers with the botanical name Leontopodium Alpinum.  Since the Alps stretch across eight countries, almost every one of them has their own name for the flower; Romanians call it Cliffhanger’s Flower, while the French and Italians call it Alpine Star.


In German legends though, it was said when a gentleman wanted to impress a lady, he would climb up the mountain to bring back a flower as special romantic offering.  This proved his courage, purity and love.  This symbolic gesture of bravery caused people to name the flower "Edelweiss" which, in the German language, translates to "noble white."