Correctly-named, this lovely flower opens feathery, strongly-fragrant flowers, with deeply-cut petals of a gentle, pale, rose-lilac colour. On the edge of a border or on a rock garden it makes a perfect scented specimen. It is completely hardy, indeed, in the wild it occurs in northernmost Spain and France, right up to arctic Norway, and east to Japan, in the south of its range it occurs at high altitudes up to 2,400 m.
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.
Common name:Fringed Pink, Superb Pink