This excellent herbaceous perennial bears clumps of grey-green, hairy, lance-shaped leaves which in early summer push up stems bearing terminal clusters of deep pink, salver-shaped flowers. A beautiful and long-lived, clump-forming flower.
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:Flower of Jove, Jupiter's flower