Thread-like hairy stems bearing oval, toothed densely-felted, silvery silky hairy leaves, carry numerous blue-grey bells, hairy outside, which open in small loose clusters in late summer. Rather like a diminutive Campanula cashmiriana, this is a very uncommon and lovely high alpine from Pakistan to Bhutan, and in the Himalaya where it occurs on stony slopes and ledges at 3000-4700m. This is an ideal alpine house plant and perfect for exhibiting.
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.