5 - 10 cm
May - June
well drained, gritty
neutral - alkaline
hardy, given the right conditions
mountains and arctic regions in the northern hemisphere, including Iceland
Silene is the largest genus of the carnation family, Caryophyllaceae, with a global distribution, the greatest number of species in the northern hemisphere. The prefert to be on the sunny side of life, many low growing species are excellent rock garden plants. One species is native to Iceland.
Seed - sown in September - November.
Seed not covered and stored outside until spring. If the seed doesn't germinate outside, it should be moved inside to temperature above 15°C (60°F).
Forms tight cushions, around 5 - 10 cm tall. Needs gritty, sandy, well drained soil and a sunny position. Well suited to rock gardens. Icelandic native.