This dwarf downy plant has oval, deeply cut leaves, and small 'snapdragon' flowers which are pink to purple and form in whorls from the stem at the base of the leaves. It flowers from June to October, preferring limy soils and bare stony ground. In the wild it is native to western Europe, especially France and Germany. A rare British native, it has declined since 1930 due to agricultural intensification, scrub encroachment and lack of grazing.
For best results, seeds are sown directly into the ground where required in the spring. Alternatively, sow in late winter/early spring in gentle warmth, 15-20 degrees C. Prick out into small 3 inch or 7 cm. pots and plant in final position when the plants are established.
Common name:Cut-leaved Germander
Classification:Hardy biennial, Hardy annual