Late summer flowering is perhaps not as showy as peak flowering in July but there are still many beauties to discover. Campanula cochlearifolia is the first alpine in flower the hiker can spot. Shortly after passing the Wettersteinalm, where the tree canopy thins the flowers decorate rocks and crevices all the way up to the Schachen. The flowers of the red hot poker, Kniphofia caulescens, create a contrast with the Eryngium alpinum flowers which are darkening to an ever deeper blue. The flowers of Jurinea dolomiaea are arranged in a compact stemless rosette in the middle of the leaves. The warm dry weather of July will have influenced this seldom seen plant to flower.

On the 10th of September (2:30 p.m.) the Alpine Garden closes for the season but before then there is still time to hike up and admire the Gentians which flower in late summer, such as Gentiana ascaepiadea, G. pannonica and G. aspera which can be found on the Teufelsgesäss near the Garden. In the Alpine Garden Gentiana caschmerica, G. gelida, G. paradoxa and other late flowering Gentians are coming in to flower.

18th – 22nd August 2013

Allium macranthum

Campanula cochlearioides

Cyananthus lobatus

Epilobium angustifolium

Eryngium alpinum

Gentianella aspera

Jurinea dolomiaea

Sedum kamschaticum

Photos: Jennifer Wainwright-Klein, Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg