Jasione montana

Sheep's bit

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Hardy annual

Flower colour






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photo by Ron Evans, copyright GAP Photos (312997)

Plant details

A delightful little native wild flower found on heaths and cliffs, it makes a ground-hugging rosette of narrow, pointed leaves, and then out off the centre comes a slender stem in summer with a blue flower, reminiscent of a scabious. Good for cutting. Grow in a rock or wild garden, or in an old sink where it'll really stand out, in free-draining, sandy soil. The quickest time to sow seed is in spring when germination should take 10-14 days at 20C.

Family: Campanulaceae

Genus: Jasione

Species: montana

Plant type: Hardy annual

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 50cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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