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- n. An evergreen alpine shrub, taxonomic name Rhododendron ferrugineum
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She knew of Albert's love of Alpine scenery he had brought her a pressed alpenrose from the slopes of nearby Mount Rigi and eventually conceded the therapeutic qualities of the scheme.
But yes, clinging on one side like a dark, close beard were the alpenrose shrubs.