Also known as Autumn Campion, this is a useful rock-garden plant for late season colour, flowering at a time when most other alpines are long finished. It forms a low mound or tuft of bright green leaves, loaded with starry deep-pink flowers from mid-summer into the fall. Prefers a sandy or gritty soil. Also nice for edging a well-drained border. Division may be attempted in early spring, but is not always successful. Self-sown seedlings may appear, but this does not become weedy. Drought tolerant once established. More compact and deeper in colour than the plain species form. Quite likely hardy to Zone 3 or colder. Developed by Jelitto Seeds of Germany.