Hidden Gem – Alpine Flowers

A mini guide to help you recognise 230 alpine flowers. In just 144 pages this lovely little book will give both pleasure and knowledge.

Vital stats:

A mini guide to help you recognise 230 alpine flowers
144 pages in a PVC sleeve
flowers arranged by colour, with clear colour photography
Named in different languages
Typical location, altitude, flowering season and other useful notes

Why and when you need this book

Alpine flowers tend to appear from February at lower altitudes, as soon as the winter snows have melted. Could you tell the difference between a snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) and a Snowflake (Leucojum vernum)? And when wandering along an Alpine trail in mid-summer, how often have you paused to look at a delicate flower clinging to the sparse soil, as if in a natural rock garden, and hoped you would remember to look it up when you return?

What is so special about this book?

Easy to find the plant you are looking for, with some useful cross references to be sure, such as flowering season, habitat, altitude and soil type. With curious titbits of history and information about where some of the names come from.

A one-line review:

Small enough to put in a pocket and not worry about the additional weight while walking or trekking in the Alps, this is a great little book for anyone curious to know more about alpine flowers.

Try this if you liked:

Any of the Alpine walking and trekking guidebooks. Also try some other mini-guides, to Navigation, Snow, Avalanche and First Aid and Wilderness Medicine.

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