This little alpine is for cracks and crannies in paving and walls and for planting in the rock garden. It isbut the plants are rather short-lived. This is not really a problem as self-sown take over, providing small mounds of tiny green . In spring, clusters of small star-shaped appear on short wiry stalks – a splash of white, pink or red which may last until midsummer or even longer.
VARIETIES: A single species is grown – E. alpinus. The basic details are height 3 in., spread 6 in.
Flowering period: April-August. The flower colour of the species is pink, but you can buy named varieties in different colours, and a blessing is that these named sorts breed true from. The two favourites are ‘Albus’ (white) and ‘Dr Hanele’ (crimson). ‘Mrs Charles Boyle’ is a good pink variety.
SITE AND SOIL: Requires well-drained infertile soil – thrives in sun or light shade.
PROPAGATION: Sowin spring where the plants are to flower.