Tall, arching sprays of white flowers, all attractively speckled in crimson, appear in summer on this low alpine plant which forms rosettes of evergreen leaves up to 20 centimetres across. Leaves are tongue-shaped and beaded but not toothed, rosettes being arranged rather like sempervivums. Although it does best in a partly-shaded rock garden, it is especially happy when growing in crevices between rocks. Planting at the top of a rock wall will allow the flower sprays to arch over and show to their best advantage, and they also do well in troughs or container gardens. Clumps are easily divided in early spring.
For best results, sow seeds as soon as you receive them in a cool place onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. These seeds can be very slow indeed to germinate, and sometimes they wait for spring before emerging whenever they are sown. Do not use any artificial heat in an attempt to germinate them as it may simply disrupt their germination mechanism. Please be very patient, and do not discard the seed pan, no matter how long it takes for germination to occur.
Packet Content:30+ (Approx)