Flora of the French Alps in Vanoise – Fleurs de la Vanoise

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The Alps are home to an impressive floral pool with more than 1,200 different varieties of plants found in the Vanoise massif only. One of the most colourful images you may have of the French Alps in summer is of high pastures thick with Alpine flowers. Here is a selection of flowers we photographed during one of our walk in the Vanoise National Park.


Alpine pasqueflower – Anémone des Alpes – Pulsatilla alpina


Mountain avens – Dryade à huit pétale – thé des Alpes – Dryas octopetala


Yellow bell-flower – Campanule en thyrse – Campanula thyrsoides


Alpine aster – Aster des Alpes – Aster alpinus


Snow gentian – Gentiane des neiges – Gentiana nivalis


Alpenrose – Rhododendron ferrugineux or Rose des Alpes – Rhododendron ferrugineum


Alpine snow-bell – Soldanelle des Alpes – Soldanella alpina


Moss campion – Silène sans pédoncule – Silene exscapa


Spring gentian – Gentiane printanière – Gentiana verna


Yellow thistle – Cirse épineux – Cirsium spinosissimum


Oneflower fleabane – Vergerette à une fleur – Erigeron uniflorus


Edelweiss – Étoile d’argent – Leontopodium alpinum


Linaria alpina – Linaire des Alpes (or Muflier des Alpes or Gueule-de-lion des Alpes)


Stemless gentian – Gentiane de Koch or Gentiane acaule – Gentiana acaulis


Stemless gentian – Gentiane de Koch – Gentiane acaule – Gentiana acaulis


Marguerite – Oxeye daisy – Leucanthemum vulgare


Globe-flower – Trolle d’Europe – Trollius europaeus


Meadow rue – Pigamon à feuilles d’ancolie – Thalictrum aquilegiifolium


Great Yellow Gentian – Gentiane jaune – Gentiana lutea


Perennial Cornflower – Centaurée des montagnes – Centaurea montana


Mountain houseleek – Joubarbe des montagnes – Sempervivum montanum


Burnt Orchid – Orchis Brulé – Orchis ustulata


Heath Spotted-orchid – Orchis tacheté – Dactylorhiza maculata


Vanilla orchid – Nigritelle noire or orchis vanillé – Nigritella nigra


All these photos were taken in the vicinity of Pralognan-la-Vanoise.
Find out more about the Vanoise National Park here.
View our Flickr Photoset on the Flowers of the Vanoise massif here.

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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