This diminutive European alpine, very rare in Britain, has dense terminal clusters of twenty or more tufted, dark rosy purple flowers in late spring, held on short sticky stems which arise above compact tufts of grass like foliage.
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:Alpine Catchfly, Alpine campion