Androsace nivalis Chumstick form

Primulaceae

 

Habitat: stony places

 

Soil: gritty

 

Height: 6 cm

 

Flowering: spring

 

Width: 15 cm

           


           

The name Androsace brings to mind pictures of high alpine cushions, clinging to the most inaccessible rock crevices, or perhaps grown to perfection as show plants. In fact the genus also includes some that make spreading mats and are easily grown outside without protection, some meadow herbs, and some annual weeds. You won't find the last group here. The majority are high alpines, making cushions or mats of tight rosettes, with short-stems flowers, singly or in small clusters.

Androsace nivalis Chumstick form is a selected form of this species, which has grey-green leaves and deep reddish-purple flowers.
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Androsace - some other suggestions
invisible.gif Androsace armeniaca var. macrantha is rosette-forming with narrow leaves and umbels of white or pink flowers. This variety is endemic to Turkey where it is found in rock crevices on limestone, igneous and serpentine rocks.
invisible.gif Androsace carnea subsp. brigantiaca has small rosettes of quite dark green leaves, with short stems bearing clusters of white flowers. It is excellent for a trough or raised bed and doesnít need winter protection.
invisible.gif Androsace carnea has short-stemmed umbels of white flowers, each with a yellow eye, over a cushion or mat of loose rosettes of evergreen, linear foliage.
invisible.gif Androsace foliosa is mat-forming with rosettes of grey-green leaves on trailing stems. In summer, clusters of rosy-pink flowers appear on single stems above the leaves.
invisible.gif Androsace laevigata var. laevigata has a dense mat-forming habit with rosettes of fleshy leaves. The lovely rose-pink/purple, deep red-eyed flowers are borne in umbels which form neatly just above the foliage.
androsace_muscoidea.jpg Androsace muscoidea makes dense mats of rather hairy rosettes and has umbels of a few pink to mauve to lilac flowers with greenish yellow eyes on short stems, about 5 cm long.
invisible.gif Androsace pyrenaica is a cliff-dwelling species, with tight little cushions of rosettes, liberally covered with white, yellow-eyed flowers. Happy outside in a well-drained site, but best with overhead winter protection.
androsace_rotundifolia.jpg Androsace rotundifolia produces dense umbels of pink flowers with yellow eyes; from the Himalayas.
androsace_sarmentosa.jpg Androsace sarmentosa is a name that was for a long time applied incorrectly to Androsace studiosorum. The real thing is a rather more delicate plant, with small, lax rosettes of hairy leaves, spreading by runners. The flowers are pink with a yellow eye.
androsace_sarmentosa2.jpg Androsace sarmentosa var. watkinsii is from the western Sichuan Province and bears umbels of many pink or white flowers above a neat rosette.
androsace_sempervivoides.jpg Androsace sempervivoides has small rosettes of green leaves, from which arise short stems with clusters of pink flowers. It quickly spreads by runners to give a mat of rosettes, and doesn't need winter protection.
androsace_spinulifera_close.jpg Androsace spinulifera is wonderful when seen in abundance in grassland in the wild. Then it has quite tall, hairy leaves and a large umbel of rich red-pink flowers, but the wintering rosettes are small and tight, with tiny leaves. Sometimes it is reluctant to grow again in spring, but we find it responds to a good watering late in March.
androsace_spinulifera_close.jpg Androsace spinulifera is wonderful when seen in abundance in grassland in the wild. Then it has quite tall, hairy leaves and a large umbel of rich red-pink flowers, but the wintering rosettes are small and tight, with tiny leaves. Sometimes it is reluctant to grow again in spring, but we find it responds to a good watering late in March.
androsace_studiosorum.jpg Androsace studiosorum has tight rosettes of small, hairy leaves, which produce short stems, each with a cluster of bright pink flowers with a deeper red eye. It quickly spreads by runners to give a mat of rosettes. It survives well in the open, but flowers better if protected from the worst of the winter wet. This form has been around under the names Androsace primuloides and Androsace sarmentosa.
invisible.gif Androsace yargongensis is from limestone screes in Yunnan and forms dark green rosettes with white or pink flowers.