Common name: Pasque (Easter)flower
It is closely related to anemones, and originates from European mountainous regions.
Plants grow to about 300mm (12") high, and spreads to around 400-500mm (16"-18") making it a good ground cover plant.
The pale to deep purple flowers appear in April/May.(Easter hense the common name)
The leaves develop as the flowers fade, and the seedheads tend to last for a long time.
Ensure that they never go short of water.
Week 25-28: Collect and sow fresh seeds in trays containing seed compost and place in a cold frame to germinate.
Alternatively, store them and wait until Week 10-12* the following year before sowing them.
Germinate them at a temperature of 18°- 20°C (64°- 68°F)
Week 33: Prick out the seedlings into cell trays when large enough to handle, and over-winter them in a cold frame.
*Week 18-20 if sown at the alternative time.
Pot up into 75mm (3") pots of potting compost when the new growth appears in spring.
Grow on in a cold frame until planting out time the following year.
Week 35: Plant out in an open, sunny, or semi-shaded position in soil that is well drained, and contains plenty