Tight clusters of pinkish-red, bell-shaped flowers open throughout the summer on this dwarf and choice evergreen shrub which grows just above the tree line in the Alps, Pyrenees, Jura and northern Apennines, on acid soils. The undersides of the leaves are covered in rust-brown spots, which give the species its scientific name.
These seeds have already been cold-stored and should be sown on receipt onto a well-drained, peaty compost at any time of the year. The seeds should be just carefully watered in with no surface cover. The seed tray is best left in a cold or cool spot and kept moist, seeds often only germinating very slowly in cool conditions in the spring, regardless of when they are sown, although odd ones may come up at any time. Please be very patient. Plant out in peaty moist soil finally.
Common name:Alpenrose, Snow-Rose, Rusty-Leaved Alpenrose
Classification:Hardy shrub, Hardy perennial