This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It defies me to find the intrinsic beauty of this little plant, either as regards specimens of it grown on the Alps or in the garden. In beauty it does not begin to compare with the gentians, pinks and saxifrages of its mountain home. As a pretty alpine it is unworthy of garden care, but as a botanical species or curiosity, or un account of its being the notorious Edelweiss, some may like to grow it. It is perfectly amenable to garden cultivation. Miss Hunter, page 56, mentions a seedsman in England who sells seed of it. The first American catalogue I look into is Peter Henderson's, and here I find the Edelweiss figured and described, and seeds of it advertised. Several European seedsmen advertise its seeds, and Ware, E. G. Henderson and some others grow plants of it for sale.