This Special Flower is a Symbol of Purity and the Rugged Beauty of the French Alps
If you've ever had the opposite to visit the French Alps in late summer or early fall, you are certain to have seen these beautiful flowers covering rocky limestone outcroppings all throughout the mountainous region. The Edelweiss flower grows naturally all over the Alps, and as shown on this collectible Worldwide Gifts refrigerator magnet is a splendid souvenir from France.
Not only is this native alpine flower a pretty sight to enjoy when hiking and camping in the French Alps, but this native flower has also historically been a representative of the area, used on the Coats of Arms of many important alpine families, such as the Chamonix-Mont Blanc family, the Carroz d'Araches, and the lord of Bonnefamille. The edelweiss flower has also been used medicinally for centuries to treat stomach ailments and respiratory conditions- but if you get a stomach ache while in the Alps don't think it's okay to pick some and make edelweiss tea. The edelweiss flower is a protected flower in France and most Alpine countries.
Enjoy Warm Sunshine and Spectacular Scenery During a Summer in the French Alps
If you thought that skiing was the only reason to visit the Alps, you really have to visit sometime when the edelweiss flowers are in full bloom and the pleasant valleys and soaring peaks of the alpine mountains are green and lush. The gorgeous mountain trails with splashing diamond waterfalls decorating the dramatic backdrop are wonderful for hiking, and there are many other enjoyable summer activities in the French Alps.
Mountain biking, parachuting, swimming, fishing, boating, rock climbing...the outdoor sports available are endless, and for more sedate pursuits, luxurious resorts throughout the mountains provide spa treatments, tennis and golf.