This is the true alpine columbine which grows on Europe's high meadows and mountain slopes. Large navy blue flowers on dividing strong stems able to stand the strong winds appear in May, June and July.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Common name:Alpine Columbine, Alpine Granny's Bonnet