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 © French Moments

Alpine pasqueflower © French Moments

Alpine pasqueflower – Anémone des Alpes – Pulsatilla alpina


Mountain avens © French Moments

Mountain avens © French Moments

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


Yellow bell-flower © French Moments

Yellow bell-flower © French Moments

Yellow bell-flower – Campanule en thyrse – Campanula thyrsoides


Alpine aster © French Moments

Alpine aster © French Moments

Alpine aster – Aster des Alpes – Aster alpinus


Snow gentian © French Moments

Snow gentian © French Moments

Snow gentian – Gentiane des neiges – Gentiana nivalis


Alpenrose © French Moments

Alpenrose © French Moments

Alpenrose – Rhododendron ferrugineux or Rose des Alpes – Rhododendron ferrugineum


Alpine snow-bell © French Moments

Alpine snow-bell © French Moments

Alpine snow-bell – Soldanelle des Alpes – Soldanella alpina


Moss campion © French Moments

Moss campion © French Moments

Moss campion – Silène sans pédoncule – Silene exscapa


Spring gentian © French Moments

Spring gentian © French Moments

Spring gentian – Gentiane printanière – Gentiana verna


Yellow thistle © French Moments

Yellow thistle © French Moments

Yellow thistle – Cirse épineux – Cirsium spinosissimum


Oneflower fleabane © French Moments

Oneflower fleabane © French Moments

Oneflower fleabane – Vergerette à une fleur – Erigeron uniflorus


Edelweiss © French Moments

Edelweiss © French Moments

Edelweiss – Étoile d’argent – Leontopodium alpinum


Linaria alpina © French Moments

Linaria alpina © French Moments

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


Stemless gentian © French Moments

Stemless gentian © French Moments

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


Stemless gentian © French Moments

Stemless gentian © French Moments

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


Marguerite © French Moments

Oxeye Daisy © French Moments

Oxeye daisy – Marguerite – Leucanthemum vulgare


Globe-flower © French Moments

Globe-flower © French Moments

Globe-flower – Trolle d’Europe – Trollius europaeus


Meadow rue © French Moments

Meadow rue © French Moments

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


Great Yellow Gentian © French Moments

Great Yellow Gentian © French Moments

Great Yellow Gentian – Gentiane jaune – Gentiana lutea


Perennial Cornflower © French Moments

Perennial Cornflower © French Moments

Perennial Cornflower – Centaurée des montagnes – Centaurea montana


Mountain houseleek © French Moments

Mountain houseleek © French Moments

Mountain houseleek – Joubarbe des montagnes – Sempervivum montanum


Burnt Orchid © French Moments

Burnt Orchid © French Moments

Burnt Orchid – Orchis Brulé – Orchis ustulata


Heath Spotted-orchid © French Moments

Heath Spotted-orchid © French Moments

Heath Spotted-orchid – Orchis tacheté – Dactylorhiza maculata


Vanilla orchid © French Moments

Vanilla orchid © French Moments

Vanilla orchid – Nigritelle noire or orchis vanillé – Nigritella nigra


All these photos were taken in the surroundings of Pralognan-la-Vanoise.
Find out more about the Vanoise National Park 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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