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Alpine snowbell

Soldanella alpina


The alpine snowbell is a small herb in the family Primulaceae, with bent bell-shaped flowers with violet-blue petals. It rounded leaves are found at the base of the plant. This species is under threat of displacement with climate change.


Damp meadow, alt. 1500m ASL


Flowers from the first snowmelt though to August. Found between 900 and 3000 m ASL.

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DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 4 years ago


Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 years ago

Thanks for the information and for sharing this Daniele. There are so many unseen wonders that are so vulnerable. This one deserves an SOTD !

DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thanks Leuba! That's right; this arrangement also gives full exposure to sunlight and close contact with the warmer soil beneath; the rosette remains protected and warmer under the snow during winter.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 years ago

Oh, what a beauty !! Photos are just great Daniele. I suppose the thick leaves are to withstand snow.

DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thank you armadeus.4!

armadeus.4 4 years ago

The leaves look like flattened apples and the flowers are bells! I love it! Beautiful pics Daniele. Thank you for sharing :)

Fribourg/Freiburg, Switzerland

Lat: 46.54, Long: 6.99

Spotted on May 10, 2014
Submitted on Oct 27, 2014

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