This rarely offered perennial Bulgarian species is unlike any of the other Silenes in cultivation, with tidy grey-green rosettes of smooth shiny leaves and deeply-scented globular heads composed of tubular, intensely maroon, crimson flowers, with amazing blue anthers and dark wine red bracts, all making an amazing colour combination.
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.