Description and General Information:
This is a cushion-forming species generally under 5 cm in height. Plants produce small, narrow leaves and solitary flowers at the ends of short stems. The violet-blue, bell-shaped flowers are 1.5 to 2.5 cm in length.
In the wild, plants grow on calcareous slopes and cliffs of western Yugoslavia and northern Albania.
This species requires a sunny site with excellent drainage. Rock crevices and screes are ideal. Plants are sensitive to winter-wet. A yearly liberal sprinkling of powdered lime is beneficial in areas where the soil is naturally acidic. Plants are hardy to USDA zone 4.
May (south) through July(north)
Seeds and cuttings
Seeds require 6-10 weeks of stratification. Surface sow as they require light for germination.
Not generally practiced.
Basal shoots may be taken in spring.