8 Mar 2014 | From Katja of Switzerland
Edelweiss, which grows in the Alps, is regarded in Switzerland as a national symbol. Edelweiss is a well-known mountain flower, belonging to the sunflower family. But accordingly, Edelweiss is not really a flower as such, but a set of 500 to a thousand tiny florets grouped in several heads (between 2 and 10 of them) surrounded by 5 to 15 white velvety leaves, that it is fertilised by flies, or that it originally comes from the Himalayas.
The Edelweiss in the 19th century became a symbol of the rugged beauty and purity.
Source: Swiss Info