This rather beautiful woodland Columbine from the Balkans makes impressive, deep purple flowers with long spurs above finely-divided foliage, very early in the spring. It thrives best in a humus rich, yet well drained soil in partial shade.
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:Bulgarian columbine, Granny's Bonnets