The lovely British native "Scarlet pimpernel" is too often overlooked, but closer inspection of the flower and seed capsule will reveals the fact that it is in fact in the primula family! Its stemless scarlet-red flowers appear over a very long succession all summer long. When allowed to naturalise in a hot place it will surpass many of the more common alpine plants, and it will even send out its long, leafy prostrate stems where others will not, such as on hot dry banks and rockeries.
Seeds can be sown at any time but are best sown in winter or early spring to benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost to break their dormancy. We advise covering seeds very thinly with sand or fine grit to about the depth of the seed size. If the seeds do not come up within 6 to 12 weeks the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. They may still take very many months to appear, so please never discard the pot or tray.
Common name:Scarlet Pimpernel