Native to the Spanish Pyrenees, this compact, cushion-forming, evergreen perennial has stiff, prostrate, spoon or lance-shaped, grey-green leaves and erect, leafy stems bearing attractive, fluffy, violet to blue flower heads in summer. One of the larger and more attractive species species, it prefers gritty well-drained soil.
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.