This rare and unusual perennial is from the Balkan peninsular and is unlike any of the other Silenes in cultivation.
From compact rosettes of smooth shiny grey-green leaves rise pom-pom heads of tubular crimson flowers on long stems, with striking blue anthers and dark bracts.
Prefers moist soil and full sun but will grow in partial shade with a good mulch.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Moist, rich and fertile