The trumpet-shapedof have a Snapdragon appearance-thecolour scheme is basically either red blotched with yellow or a shade of yellow blotched with red, purple or brown. You can grow a variety of the popular M. cupreus as a short-lived perennial instead of treating it as a half hardy . There are also rockery perennials, but whichever one you choose must be provided with the basic needs of the – a moisture-retentive soil and regular in dry weather.
VARIETIES: M. primuloides is perhaps the best species to grow – height 4 in., spread 9 in.
Flowering period: May-August. Bright yelloware borne on short stalks arising from the prostrate mat of . M. luteus guttatus (M. langsdorfii) produces yellow flowers blotched with dark brown, M. bumettii bears bronze-coloured flowers with yellow throats on 9 in. high plants.
SITE AND SOIL: A moist soil which is not allowed to dry out is essential – some shade is desirable.
PROPAGATION: Sowunder glass or divide clumps in spring.