Dark purple to black flowers with unusually prominent yellow stamens open from May to August. This lovely, long-lived, true alpine species, grows in high rocky places, sometimes in limestone areas, but makes a superb garden plant.
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:Dark Columbine, Granny's bonnet,