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26th August 2010

Aconitum napellus

Alfredia cernua

Allium macranthum

Asyneuma campanuloides

Campanula raineri

Campanula raineri

Campanula rhomboidalis

Centaurea alpestris

Centaurea phrygia ssp. pseudophrygia

Cotula socialis

Cyananthus lobatus

Delphinium cashmerianum

Dianthus superbus

Erigeron multiradiatus

Helichrysum albobrunneanum

Sedum kamtschaticum

12th August 2010

On the way to Munich today I stopped near the Hiking Parking area and walked back along the Kaltenbach, a fast flowing mountain stream after all the rains we’ve had. The first messenger of late summer and autumn, Gentiana asclepiadea, was just coming into flower on the grassy banks. Other earlier flowering plants such as Saxifraga mutata are setting seed. In the Alpine Garden, approximately 800 m higher the Saxifraga mutata is still in full flower. Gentianella campestris, another signal of the approaching autumn, is coming into flower on the Schachen. But before the autumn takes hold there is still a wide assortment of plants jostling in line to flower and set seed before winter. Campanula raineri is covered with buds waiting for a break in the rain to unfurl its flowers. The dark purple flowers of Campanula glomerata cover the plant bed of the Bavarian Alps and those still keen to see Edelweiß (Leontopodium) have the choice between the varieties of Edelweiß species from the Himalayas. The selection of photos which follow will hopefully share with you the delights of the Alpine Garden, rain or shine there’s always something to fascinate!

Androsace sarmentosa

Aster alpinus

Campanula cochlearifolia

Campanula glomerata

Campanula lactiflora

Campanula rhomboidalis

Campanula scheuchzeri, Rhodiola wallichiana

Corydalis thyrsiflora

Cremanthodium arnicoides

Delphinium cashmerianum

Dierama pauciflorum

Epilobium angustifolium

Eryngium alpinum

Gentiana asclepiadea

Hedysarum boutignyanum

Edelweiß, Leontopodium leontopodioides

Meconopsis betonicifolia

Pyrethrum tatsienense

Rhodiola semenovii

30th July 2010

After a week of cool temperatures, with the day’s maximum rarely topping 10°C, summer is set to return and the flowers of the alpine summer can be admired once more.

At the start of the Königsweg, along the Kaltenbach don’t forget to look for the Saxifraga mutata which is in flower at the moment. Its small flowers are arranged along a long flower stalk from a rosette growing on the cliffs. Further up, in the forest on shady, moist slopes Parnassia palustris is in flower. From just before the Wettersteinalm until beyond the Alpine Garden the small blue bells of Campanula cochlearifolia thread their way through the cracks in the rocks and even in mossy banks while Campanula scheuchzeri prefers to colonize the grassy meadows.

In the Alpine Garden one can meet again the familiar flowers from the road up as well as a large diversity of flowers from mountain ranges from the rest of the world.

Aster alpinus

Astrantia major

Astrantia major 'Rubra'

Campanula cochlearifolia

Campanula scheuchzeri

Centaurea nervosa

Cremanthodium arnicoides

Dianthus superbus

Gentiana lutea


Mertensia ciliata

Parnassia palustris

Pulsatilla alpina


Saxifraga aizoides

Saxifraga caesia

24th July 2010

Aquilegia pyrenaica subsp. discolor

Campanula barbata

Delosperma congestum

Dianthus glacialis

Geranium himalayense

Lilium martagon

Lilium monadelphum

Lilium pyrenaicum

Linum hypericifolium

Meconopsis betonicifolia

Meconopsis betonicifolia

Meconopsis betonicifolia

Meconopsis napaulensis (red)

Silene davidii

7th July 2010

Every morning there’s something new to discover. Today the first flowers of Lilium lophophorum finally opened; like pale yellow Chinese lanterns they dance in the breeze on their short stems. Yesterday Iris reichenbachii was waiting to be admired and tomorrow …?

Peak flowering – for most it is the best time in the Alpine Garden. The stage is set by the heavenly blue of the Meconopsis against a backdrop of Himalaya Primulas in varying nuances of yellow and wine red. Campanula thyrsoides is regarded with astonishment and wonder at its ramrod straight flower spikes. The notoriously difficult Nomocharis lilies light up a shady corner. All this and more greets the visitors to the Alpine Garden.

Come and enjoy the delights and beauty of the Schachen!

Schachen Alpine Garden

Calceolaria biflora

Campanula pulla

Campanula thyrsoides

Dianthus alpinus

Dianthus callizonus

Dianthus glacialis

Felicia rosulata

Gentiana dinarica

Geranium argenteum

Iris reichenbachii

Lilium bulbiferum

Lilium carniolicum

Lilium jankae

Lilium lophophorum var. lophophorum

Lilium monadelphum

Meconopsis cambrica

Meconopsis × sheldonii

Mertensia primuloides

Mimulus cupreus

Nomocharis aperta

Nomocharis pardanthina

Primula sikkimensis

Rhododendron keleticum

Scorzonera purpurea subsp. rosea

Silene nigrescens

Silene zawadski

26th June 2010

Arnebia pulchra

Carex baldensis

Cotula pyrethrifolia

Daphne glomerata

Erysimum jugicola

Globularia cordifolia

Iris ruthenica

Meconopsis quintuplinervia

Moehringia ciliata

Ranunculus parnassifolius

Rhodiola rosea

Rhododendron caucasicum

16th June 2010

The Alpine Garden opened on the 16th of June a couple of weeks after the thaw and plants and flowers have sprung up in every corner of the garden. The early-flowering Arnebia pulchra and the Rhododendron caucasicum from the Caucasus Mountains, the “whiter than white” Ranunculus parnassifolius are just a few of the flowers which catch one’s eye. The first buds of the blue Meconopsis × sheldonii have opened!

Nights are still cool at 10°C, but the days are pleasantly mild. For the actual temperature look at the charts on the Weather Station page.

The Alpine Garden resembles a painter’s palette with flowers creating splashes of colour between the stones – now is the time to visit!

Dryas octopetala

Primula macrophylla

Rhododendron thompsonii subsp. chamaedendoron

Rhodothamnus chamaecistus

Saxifraga marginata var. rocheliana

Soldanella alpina

Viola calcarata



Schachentorkopf after the rain



Hochblassen and Alpspitz

Autumn mood

Photos: Markus Breier, Jennifer Wainwright-Klein
Text: Jennifer Wainwright-Klein

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