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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Leontopodium
Species: alpinum
Binomial name
Leontopodium alpinum
Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum) is one of the best known European mountain flowers. The name comes from German edel (meaning noble) and weiß (meaning white).


On the Austrian euro coins, a picture of Edelweiss is used on the two euro cent coins. In Austria, Edelweiss is also a brand of beer named after the flower.

In Switzerland, the Edelweiss Air AG is an international airline named after the flower, who also uses it as their logo.