This high alpine plant is truly one of the gems of the genus, forming tight cushions of tiny silver-grey leaves, above which long buds burst open into flared violet-purple trumpets. These can completely cover the foliage and thus make perfect specimens for sheltered screes, rock gardens or alpine troughs. In addition they do equally well for pot culture and can be ideal for winning 'best-in-show'!
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.