Thursday, April 9, 2009 4:52
Posted in category Herbal

So if an alpine herb proves to be more effective than others, having a higher content of active substances, it cannot always be attributed to altitude alone. Rather, it depends upon the kind of plant, its hours of exposure to sunshine, the temperature of the atmosphere and the degree of protection from severe winds. It is therefore not at all surprising that plants growing in mountain valleys protected from the winds tend to contain more active ingredients than those growing at lower altitudes.

However, Professor Flueck’s experiments led to the astonishing observation that plants grown in the middle altitudes had a higher content of nutrients than those grown at high elevations. In view of my own experience, having been successful in growing mountain plants, his findings made me wonder. However, further investigation gave me the solution to the mystery: it was the species, or variety, of plant rather than the elevation at which it grew that really mattered.


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