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 Hi. Having just retired I intend to go to Switzerland later this year. The plan is to see Eritrichium nanum growing and flowering in the wild. Where and when can I do this? Regards Geoff Alderton.

Contribution from John Richards 17 March 2010, 09:49top / bottom of page

I can't help you in Switzerland, as I have rarely botanised there, but two easy ways to see Eritrichium are (France), from La Grave, north of the Col de Lautaret take the teleferique north up into La Meije. If you get out at the intermediate station, you will see Eritrichium within minutes. (Italy, Dolomites)take a car, bus to the Pordoi Pass and walk south onto the Bindelweg or Vial del Pan which skirts the north side of the Padon ridge, with magnificent views of the Marmolada. After 1 km, south-facing spurs below the path have lots of Eritrichium which are easy to reach. It also grows above Rifugio de Vial del Pan beside the path up the ridge.

Soory, I should have added last week of June is favourite in the Dolomites, perhaps a week later in France.

Contribution from Geoffrey Alderton 19 March 2010, 16:47top / bottom of page

Hi John, Thank you for the info it will be a great help when I do eventualy get into the mountains, be it France, Italy or Switzerland as I have had my instructions for this year (from the wife)as to where we are going. We are going to Austria so unless The King of the Alps can be found around Saltzburgh, its The Sound of Music trip and the Vienna Philharmonic for two weeks. Thank you again for the info and hope I can put it to good use in the not to distant future.

Regards Geoff Alderton.



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