One of the classic alpines whether on a show bench or rockery, this lovely tufted dwarf shows off its fragrant, pale purple flowers in early summer over a tight basal rosette of dark foliage. In the wild it grows to 2000m in screes in the Central and southern Apennines.
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.