Kongsvoll alpine garden Overview Photo: NTNU University Museum

Sub-areas of the garden

Tall herb meadow, beds and scree
By the entrance, there is a small field with tall herb meadows with perennial, large herb plants and broad-leaved grass requiring moist and nutrient-rich soil. Northern Wolfsbane is the most visible plant in the meadow. Tall herb meadows are common in the slopes down the valley Drivdalen, north of Kongsvoll.

In the rock garden and the artificial "scree" some species requiring lots of space and light are planted. Here, you will find the Scandinavian primrose, rock speedwell, Norwegian mugwort and Dovre whitlowgrass.

Grassy patches – rock face – stream
Plants that need much light grow along the path, such as bluebells, alpine milkvetch, moonwort and alpine cinquefoil side by side with plants associated with human activities (rosebay willowherb, dandelion and cow-parsley). Species that require deep, good soil grow in small, grassy patches.

On a northeast-facing rock face and by the stream are plants that prefer shady and/or moist surroundings. These spots are particularly rich in species.

Upland heath, knolls and ridges
Dry upland heath where few species thrive occupies the upper parts of the garden and is characterized by dwarf birches, junipers, heathers, mosses and lichens. This is also where you will find the spring pasque flower.

The most exposed knolls and ridges are covered by yellow lichens such as Flavocetraria nivalis, bellardi and witch's hair lichen. Other species include grey and white reindeer lichens.

On the path, bare, hard soil and plants that can stand the wear and tear of trampling and wind remain.

Patches of bog and willow scrubs
A few small patches of bog are particularly rich in species, including sedges and rushes that require damp conditions and are not found anywhere else in the alpine garden.

The moist hollows are widely covered in willow scrub. The garden contains all the species of willow that characterize the mountains: shrub-like grey willow, green-leafed willow and dwarf willow – the type that creep along the ground.

Snowbeds are found in places with long-lasting and stabile snow covers. The growth period here is short. The plants require very stabile water supply from melt water. Cassiope hypnoids, dwarf willow and polar willow are some of the species you will find in the snowbeds.

 Kongsvoll alpine garden Antennaria dioica Overview Photo: NTNU University Museum

 Kongsvoll alpine garden Myosotis decumbens Overview Photo: NTNU University Museum

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