This curious and most unusual little gem from the Himalayas grows a spreading cushion upon which appear a succession of black-eyed deep pink flowers in spring and early summer. Internally pollinated (cleistogamous) seeds are also sometimes produced later, but it absolutely must be planted out as a young plant, or cleistogomous seeds will begin to appear before the flowers form.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Classification:Hardy biennial, Hardy annual
Packet Content:10 (Approx)