Androsace sarmentosa description
Rich pink flowers, each with a dark eye appear in spring making a really good display.
Although this plant is quite hairy it does cope with some rain (based on the East Anglian region in the UK) whereas many hairy varieties from the Androsace family really resent the winter wet and won’t survive.
How easy is it to grow:
Good in containers, in an alpine bed or rock garden, or by a patio, but it must have good drainage, so attention from intermediate gardeners to soil preparation is important.
Androsace sempervivoides has no hairs and is a better choice if you have a lot more rainfall.
Common name: Rock jasmine.
The best position in the garden:
Prefers sun, but it can put up with a little shade.
What type of soil:
Well drained soil.
How much moisture:
Normal, or dryish, stony.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Hardy, but does resent a wet climate.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Trim off old flower stems.
Size of plant:
Height 15 cm.
Spread 30 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 10 plants per square metre.
Buy rockery plants and alpines for containers, raised beds and rockeries.