A spring delight, these wonderful rock or woodland plants are small in stature but large in effect. Rounded blue-green leaves with colorful bell-shaped flowers appear in spring.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsGreat range of vivid and delightful flower colors. Self-seeds readily. Often attracts hummingbirds.
CareProvide fertile, moist, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Alpine species need gritty, sharply draining soil.
PropagationSow seed in a cold frame in spring. Cultivars can be divided in spring but plants respond slowly to root disturbance.
ProblemsPowdery mildew, rust, fungal leaf spots. Aphids, leaf miners, and caterpillars.