General: Edelweiss has grey-green fuzzy foliage and fuzzy flowers. It has white double star shaped felted brackets. The actual flowers are small and yellow in the center of the white flower brackets. Long bloom time. It's great in alpine and rock gardens and was historically used in folk medicine to help with abdominal and respiratory complaints.
Medicinal Uses: Traditionally Edelweiss teas and infusions of the herb in hot milk sweetened with honey were used in the curing of diarrhea and dysentery. It also proved beneficial in combating ailments like tuberculosis and diphtheria. Edelweiss extract is now added to some high end skin care products because the plants natural compounds have the ability to neutralize free radicals and are preventing amplification of those super oxides involved in he aging processes of skin. Edelweiss and goats milk soaps are becoming very common.
Ornamental Uses: The leaves and flowers are covered with white hairs and appear woolly, Each bloom consists of five to size small yellow clustered spikelet-florets surrounded by fuzzy white "petals" technically bracts, in a double star formation.