Anyone else out there under the impression that the Edelweiss is the National Flower or even the National Anthem for Austria? Anyone else know that it isn’t actually spelled Edelweiss in German? (But, Edelweiβ?)
Ich auch (me too).
Anyone not aware it is flower to begin with? Well then, YOU can join my husband in that group. He also, get-ready-for-this, HAS NEVER SEEN THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
This was not made aware to me prior to our wedding vows. I know, call me a saint, I put up with so much!
It is the country flower and is on the 2 cent Euro coin.(is also the national flower of Switzerland)…but, it also turns out the song was written for the movie, so we can purge our brains of thinking it is some kind of ancient Austrian folklore.
Other fun facts about Edelweiβ that you may or may not want to know…
It is strictly protected in the wild, as it seems to be endangered. It is scarce and short-lived only in high alpine-areas.
“Edelweiss” comes from two German words. “Edel” means “nobility” and “weiss” is the German word for “white.” The meaning of the name is probably what gave rise to edelweiss’ traditional meaning in the Language of Flowers. The small white blossoms represent daring or noble courage. The association with courage may also have to do with the fact that obtaining edelweiss from mountain crags for a bouquet took skill and courage on the part of the flower gatherer.”
So, there you have it, a simple post about a lovely flower, something I thought we could all use in the aftermath of a tragedy in Boston.
Sending love from across the miles,