Thursday, May 15, 2008

Thursday Thirteen


Thirteen things about Edelweiss

1. First and foremost, of course... The Song.

2. (Leontopodium alpinum), one of the best-known European mountain flowers, belongs to the sunflower family (Asteraceae).

3. Flowering stalks of edelweiss can grow to a size of 3–20 cm (in cultivation, up to 40 cm).

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5. Edelweiss is a protected plant in many countries, including Bulgaria, Croatia, Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany, Spain (Ordesa National Park), Slovakia (Tatra National Park), Slovenia (in Gorizia and Gradisca since 1896, in Carniola since 1898), Austria (since 1886) and Romania (since 1933).

6. The Edelweiss flower has since time immemorial been valued as medicine against the ailments of men and their beasts, as powerful Talisman to ward off evil and of course as the "Ultimate Love Charms" of the mountain.

7. Love struck young men would try to endear themselves by collecting Edelweiss from those hard to access crags and ledges in the High Alpine of Europe.
During these quests many died from falls, or succumbed to exposure, insufficiently prepared for sudden weather changes.

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9. Edelweiss was a badge of Edelweiss Pirates (Edelweisspiraten)—the anti-Nazi youth groups in Third Reich. It was worn on the clothes (e.g. a blouse or a suit).

10. In its bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics the city of Salzburg uses an Edelweiss flower as the emblem.

11. Established 1907 by the Austrian-Hungarian Army for their alpine troops, the sign was used in WWII by the Wehrmacht Gebirgsj├Ąger—here as Edelweiss cap badge.Photobucket

12. The story goes that once, long, long ago, the Alps were far taller than they are these days. In those days, atop one of the snowcapped, precipice filled mountains lived an Ice Queen. She was said to be fair as snow and hauntingly beautiful. She was served by faithful gnomes, who lived with her on those slopes.

The Queen would sing melodiously and her sound would lure many a shepherd to lose his way in the mountains and come upon her abode. However beautiful she was, she had a flaw; her heart was frozen cold as if it were made of pure ice.
[Now isn't that interesting???]

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  1. I love your TT topic, and particularly like #3 - the photo.

  2. Interesting topic. I enjoyed the read.

    Happy Thursday

  3. Very interesting and well-researched. I enjoyed it.

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  4. My mother used to sing that song around the house in German lol Thanks for the memory. Happy T13!

  5. My mother used to sing that song around the house in German lol Thanks for the memory. Happy T13!

  6. Pretty flowers and being of German descent, I love them :) - I had no idea they were protected. Cool tidbit.

  7. I love the Edelweiss song. We sing it to my son. I never knew it had such a part in the war.

  8. I've seen them in Alps and Tatras, but did not know the tidbits of their history. Thanks for the lesson and have a great TT!

  9. ooh - icy flowers!! very cool

  10. I've always loved edelweiss! Thanks for some great pix and info...

  11. I always wondered what they look like

  12. What an interesting topic! I had no idea - save for the song, LOL!

    I really liked the legend in #12, I found it rather touching.

    Thanks for sharing these. :)

    Happy T13!


  13. That video brought back so many memories! Growing up, my sis and I used to watch that movie repeatedly w/ my mom and grandma :)

  14. I love that movie so much, and the flower is very pretty. Thanks for the pictures :)

  15. Cool TT!


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  16. I really like your #13 photograph. Happy TT.

  17. The only thing I knew about the flower was that suitors used to collect it ... the bigger the bouquet, the greater the love. But then that would be the case if they risked their lives for it!

  18. Such a pretty flower! Thanks for the facts.

  19. What an interesting topic. I love the song (and musical), but had never knew what the flower looked like before. Great TT!

  20. You know I absolutely adore that song, and it was fun learning more about edelweiss.

    BTW -- Thanks for visiting my TT on Japanese motorcycle gangs. :)

  21. Hi,

    I wanted to thank you for coming to my virtual B-day party.

    I loved that song but from the sound of music. My mom loved that moved and had the LP and played it while I was growning up. I can sing nearly all the songs.

    Janice aka lady Jan~


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