April - May
well drained, gritty
acid - neutral - alkaline
sensitive to winter wet, needs very sharp drainage
mountains in the Balkan peninsula
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).
A mat forming rock garden plant with pale pink flowers. It is sensitive to winter wet and needs very sharp drainage and possibly winter protection. Needs a sunny position and grows best on an steep incline.