This delightful annual has greyish foliage and clusters of bright pink or red flowers which are very valuable as they are opening for most of the summer. They are best grown by scattering the seeds where required in very early spring so they can make sturdy plants as they resent being transplanted.
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.
Common name:Sweet William Catchfly