Fauna und Flora
During the 19th and at the start of the 20th century, the work of renowned botanists revealed the unique quality within Europe of the Hohneck massif and, in particular, of Frankenthal, which possesses the most beautiful specimens of the Vosges flora.
The glacial cirque is home to a great variety of plants. The grassy expanses are given added colour by large pinks (Dianthus superbus), Turk's cap lilies (Lilium martagon), foxgloves, mountain cornflower (Centaurea montana) or monkshood (Aconitum napellus). The scrubland plays host to Sorbus species, including mountain-ash (Sorbus aucuparia), and the bird cherry of this rocky habitat (Prunus padus ssp.petrea).
At the base of the cirque there is a peat bog, where one can find such remarkable species as sundew, a tiny carnivorous plant which eats little flies, and other attractive species such as bog rosemary (Andromeda polifolia), and bilberry (Vaccinium myrtilus) or even northern cranberry (Oxycoccos palustris).
As well as its flora, the glacial cirque hosts some notable animal species. While the chamois (Rupicapra) can be seen among the rocks and on the grassy areas, the peregrine falcon (Falco preregrina) and raven (Corvus corax) occupy the rocky cliffs.
The peat bog is a refuge for many insects, among them four species of dragonfly which are relics of the ice age.