Habitat: full sun
Soil: gritty,very well drained
Height: 10 cm
Flowering: late spring to early summer
Width: 10 cm
This is a genus that includes some of the most wonderful alpine plants of all. Dense, silvery hairy cushions carry masses of short-stemmed, pure sky blue forget-me-not flowers. The down side is that they can be very tricky to grow; but well worth very effort.
|Eritrichium aretioides is related to the fabled European 'King of the Alps', but comes from far away - Arctic Russia, Siberia and Alaska, where it grows at low altitudes, even right by the sea. It makes dense cushions of silvery leaves, covered (if you are a good grower, and lucky) with lovely sky blue flowers.|