Spays of thin grassy stems support quite exquisite white starry heads with the slightest hint of peach, each star having a dark purple, almost black eye, which bleeds thinly into the centre of each petal. These lovely plants do best if given room of their own in an open, well-drained spot as they hate being crowded.
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.