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Where can you find edelweiss in the Wengen/Murren/Grindelwad region?

Where can you find edelweiss in the Wengen/Murren/Grindelwad region?

Old Mar 16th, 2015, 06:44 PM
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Where can you find edelweiss in the Wengen/Murren/Grindelwad region?

I'm a bit of a Sound of Music geek, so hoping to spot some real edelweiss while hiking in the Wengen/Murren/Grindelwald area mid-July. Is this possible? I have some dried, framed edelweiss my grandmother brought back for me from Switzerland a very long time ago. Can you still,pick it? Or is this illegal now?
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Old Mar 16th, 2015, 07:02 PM
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There is edelweiss in the flower garden at the Schynige Platte.

I stay at the same hotel when I visit Wengen and Judi always has edelweiss in little bud vases on the breakfast tables. She grows it in her garden.

I also noticed edelweiss in the garden of the Hotel Schonegg in Wengen.

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Old Mar 16th, 2015, 09:03 PM
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I could easily be mistaken, but I don't believe that picking flowers is allowed in the garden at Schynige Platte.
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Old Mar 17th, 2015, 12:55 AM
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Right, kja - it's illegal to pick Edelweiss. Not only in the Schynige Platte garden, but anywhere. Edelweiss is under strict protection.
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Old Mar 17th, 2015, 01:06 AM
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@ Ingo -- oh, that's great! It is SUCH a lovely flower, I'm very glad to know that it has been given protection. Do you know if people seem aware of, and respect, this prohibition? Is there any current question about the Edelweiss's survival in its ancestral range?
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Old Mar 17th, 2015, 02:30 AM
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If you want to and are allows to take seeds home many of the supermarkets in Interlaken have garden centres and will have the seeds. There is also a garden centre in the Unterseen area of Interlaken who may also have the seeds.
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Yes, kja - people are absolutely aware of and do respect this prohibition. Besides, it is not often to find out in the nature anymore, as a wildflower, and non-locals will hardly see one anymore. You need to get away from the most popular and easy hiking trails for that.

You might see the Edelweiss in bloom in the gardens of the locals, though - they are easily available in garden centres in bigger towns, as tipsygus mentioned.

A bigger concern for the survival of alpine wildflowers is climate change. As it gets warmer and warmer these wildflowers must 'climb' to higher elevation - and at some point there's no higher elevation ...
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Found Edelweiss last (early) October blooming wild (along with purple crocus) hiking from Rigi Kaltbad to Kloesterli! Have pictures to prove it!
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I never wrote in my post above that it was possible to pick edelweiss in the flower garden at the Schynige Platte.


You are all daft geezers.


Tschüß

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Old Mar 17th, 2015, 06:17 PM
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@ Ingo -- I'm glad to learn that the protections are respected! IMO, the number of species whose future is increasingly precarious as climate change eliminates their viable options for territory is truly saddening.

@ Thin -- my remark about picking Edelweiss was intended for the OP.
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Old Mar 17th, 2015, 06:18 PM
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Thanks for all of the info!

Thin- that's perfect because I'm staying at the Hotel Schonegg. I'll check out their garden.

And of course, I'll keep my eyes peeled on the hiking trails.
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