The rare lotus blossom on a snowy mountain, which blooms just once every seven years, is magnificent.
Saussure is a genus of about 300 flowering plants in the family Αsteraceae, native to cool temperate and arctic regions of Αsia, Europe, and North Αmerica, with the highest diversity in alpine habitats in the Himalaya and central Αsia. Common names include saw-wort and snow lotus, the latter used for a number of high-altitude species in central Αsia.
Saussure involucrate is a rare and protected species and an important traditional Chinese medicinal plant.
Saussure involucrate flowers and stems have long been used because contain flavonoids such as syringing and rut in. These compounds have been reported to be anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory and dilate blood vessels, lower blood pressure, prevent cardiovascular diseases, enhance immunity, and act as anti-aging, anti-cancer, and anti-fatigue agents.
Generally, the analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of the plant are much inferior to those of 10 milligrams of indomethacin.
The species has become endangered due to the excessive collection of S. Involucrate plants in the wild, slower plant growth and ecological destruction of natural habitats. There is a severe shortage of plant material, while the market demand is ever-increasing.
It’s a tough plant.
Loves hot summers and cold winters. Summer temperatures reach + 37 and winters to -23 / -50 at 3200 m.