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(Walker's Haute Route) The Matterhorn (Tour du Mont Blanc) From Col de la Seigne (Alta Via 1) At Rifugio Nuvolau (Walker's Haute Route) In the Val de Bagnes (Tour du Mont Blanc) Chamonix from the South

Flowers of the Western Alps: An introduction

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Globe Flower

Trollius europaeus

Distinctive and attractive flower.
Golden yellow orbs up to 3cm in diameter.

Mountain Houseleek

Sempervivum montanum

Pink star-staped flowers on red and green stalks.
Grows close to the ground often in rocky spots.

Season:
April-July
Frequency:
Very common across the Alps
Habitat:
Up to 2,500m in meadows, scrub and woodland
Properties:
Laxative


Season:
June-Aug
Frequency:
Not so common
Habitat:
2,000 - 3,500m in rocky uplands
Properties:
-


Globe Flower
Mountain Houseleek






False Aster

Aster bellidiastrum

Member of the daisy family.
Large white petals can have pink or purple tones.

Mountain cornflower

Centaurea triumfetti

Large and striking flower, part of the daisy family.
Can be a range of shades of blue or purple.

Season:
April-Aug
Frequency:
Common
Habitat:
700 - 2,900m
Properties:
-


Season:
June-July
Frequency:
Common
Habitat:
800 - 2,100m
Properties:
-


False Aster
Mountain cornflower






Alpine rock-jasmine

Androsace alpina

Small flowers hug the ground in rocky areas.
Colours range from light pink to red.

Bavarian gentian

Gentiana bavarica

Low-lying flower with five petals.
Shades can be bright blue to purple.

Season:
July-Aug
Frequency:
Uncommon
Habitat:
2,000 - 4,000m and higher
Properties:
-


Season:
July-Sept
Frequency:
Uncommon
Habitat:
1,800 - 3,700m
Properties:
Raises appetite


Alpine rock-jasmine
Bavarian Gentian






Colt's-foot

Tussilago farfara

Flowers with many thin yellow petals.
Grows to 25cm on thick stems.

Pyramidal Bugle

Ajuga pyramidalis

Easily spotted conical plant close to the ground.
Colours can be azure, violet, purple or pink.

Season:
Mar-May
Frequency:
Common
Habitat:
Waste ground, damp areas
Properties:
-


Season:
May-Sept
Frequency:
Common
Habitat:
1,200 - 2,300m in meadows and deciduous woods
Properties:
-


Colt's-foot
Pyramidal Bugle






Marsh marigold

Caltha palustris

Found in mountain streams or damp meadows.
Deep golden yellow flowers up to 5cm across.

Glacier mouse-ear chickweed

Cerastium uniflorum

Small white petals in groups of two, like mouse ears.
Small flowers on short stems.

Season:
March-July
Frequency:
Uncommon
Habitat:
Sea level to 2,500m
Properties:
-


Season:
July-Sept
Frequency:
Uncommon
Habitat:
2,100 - 3,400m
Properties:
-


Marsh marigold
Glacier mouse-ear chickweed






Pyrenean buttercup

Ranunculus pyrenaeus

White petals and yellow anthers.
Grows up to 25cm tall.

Mountain buttercup

Ranunculus montanus

Yellow or orange petals and long stems.
Likes damp meadows, roadsides, ditches and gullies.

Season:
June-August
Frequency:
Uncommon
Habitat:
1,700 - 3,100m
Properties:
-


Season:
June-August
Frequency:
Common
Habitat:
1,800 - 3,000m
Properties:
-


Pyrenean buttercup
Mountain buttercup






Go walking in the Alps to see these flowers and more

A walking holiday in the Western Alps will give you a great chance of seeing flowers like those above. In June and July the meadows can be a riot of colour. Bright blue, pink, purple and yellow almost block out the green of the field. Look at the two holidays we've chosen below: in early summer the flowers in the Swiss Valais are as vibrant as any you'll find in the Alps, while throughout summer the extent of the Tour du Mont Blanc makes for a great variety of flowers. As with all our self-guided options we book your accommodation and provide you with routecards and maps for you to enjoy the walking as you please.

Tour du Mont Blanc


Self-guided trekking
11 stages

Follow the classic TMB route in a superb circuit from Chamonix, linking friendly hotels and huts


Tour du Val
   d'Anniviers


Guided trekking
4 stages

Explore the essential Swiss Alps on a modest trek from the beautiful village of Zinal


The Grandes Jorasses in Italy
High above the Val d`Anniviers between Zinal and Hotel Weisshorn







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