This scarce and beautiful plant makes a slowly creeping carpet of flared, deep blue bell flowers. The foliage consists of small, pointed, deeply-toothed, shiny green, leathery leaves. It is long-lived and completely hardy and makes a bright choice cushion either on a rockery or in a container.
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.