Einen Einblick über das Tun und Wirken von Terraviva vermitteln Ihnen die aktuellen und abgeschlossenen Projekte.

Alpine Toadflax

From June to August, the deep violaceous alpine toadflax glows in the debris slopes of the Rhine Gorge. In high contrast, a bright orange bulge indicates the landing spot for insects. The solid alpine toadflax only grows to a height of around 10 cm and forms flowering pads between the rocks thanks to its repent growth.

Mountain Avens

In June and July, the carpets of the mountain avens shine conspicuously. Once the 2 to 4 cm flowers have withered, reddish-silver seeds decorate the dense green leaf pads like small, pilous brushes. The wintergreen plant is a dwarf shrub and can live for over 100 years.

Shrubby Milkwort

The shrubby milkwort is an evergreen subshrub that grows up to 30 cm. It is seen in clear, limy pine forests. From March to June, the white and amber to erythroid flowers open and get only pollinated by bumblebees.

Himalayan Balsam

The Himalayan balsam was brought to Europe in the 19th century as an ornamental flower. A single plant produces up to 4000 seeds, which can be flung 7 meters. It distributes very quickly along stretches of water and displaces domestic plants with its dense vegetation. Due to its rapid distribution, Himalayan balsam is referred to as neophyte and its spread is kept at bay.


The berries of the seabuckthorn are well known for their high vitamin C concentration. However, the brown-green foliate shrub does not simply allow its fruits to be picked. It uses strong thorns to defend itself against any «predators». Seabuckthorn belongs to the so-called dioecious plants. In other words, there are male and female plants. The small flowers open before the leaves have sprouted.

Grape Pear

The grape pear is an eyecatcher at almost any season of year. In spring, the snowy flowers gleam, in summer the blue berries and in autumn the shiny red foliage bring color to the grey, stony hillsides. The grape pear provides a basic food resource for many insects, butterflies and birds and makes a significant contribution to the biodiversity of the Rhine Gorge.