From an overwintering rosette, thin stems arise in spring bearing fascinating flowerheads composed of tubular petals, curved upwards into 'claws' and of the deepest inky blue. The "Round-headed Rampion" is known colloquially in the county of Sussex, England as the pride of Sussex and is also the County flower of Sussex. This plant is also widespread across Europe from the Pyrenees to the Balkans.
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:Round-headed Rampion