Androsace alpina

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Androsace alpina
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A typical Androsace alpina cushion in flower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Androsace
Species: A. alpina
Binomial name
Androsace alpina
(L.) Lam.

Aretia alpina L.
Androsace glacialis Hoppe
Androsace tiroliensis F.Wettst.

Alpine Rock-Jasmine or Androsace alpina is an alpine plant, endemic to the Alps.


In the wild, Androsace alpina grows on silicaceous substrates, particularly granite, and is one of the few plants in the Alps to grow above 4000 metres, including near the summit of the Matterhorn (only Ranunculus glacialis and perhaps Saxifraga biflora grow higher). The plant feeds of the substance that grows under the rocks that the Androsace Alpina is on.


The flowers of A. alpina are white or pink (often both on the same plant), and in the short flowering season can be so densely packed that they completely shade the foliage. It is largely for this reason that A. alpina has become popular among horticulturists.


Androsace alpina is cultivated as an ornamental plant, widely grown in rock gardens.

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