April - May
well drained, gritty
acid - neutral - alkaline
grows well, given sharp drainage
Eastern Pyrenees and western Alps
The genus Androsace belongs to the family Primulaceae. The genus contains around 100 species, all of which are high alpines which grow best in gritty soil in full sun.
Seed – needs cold stratification, best sown in September - November.
Seed just covered and stored for 2-4 weeks at 20°C (68°F) and then it‘s moved outside until germination. Germination can be slow, seed may germinate a year later, so it‘s important not to throw it away prematurely. Optimum germination temperature is 5-12°C (40-55°F).
Spring flowering alpine that bears white flowers in April - May. It needs full sun and well drained soil. It is sensitive to wet conditions during the winter months, so in areas where winters are wet, it is best grown on a steep slope.