Beautiful, short-stemmed, lilac-purple flowers with a large yellow central disc, appear for several weeks beginning in early summer, over mats of evergreen foliage. This tough and cheerful dwarf mountain aster from western China, thrives in full sun in rich grit, and prefers to be kept slightly moist in summer.
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.