Jasiones or sheep's bits produce bright scabious-like flowers on tall slender stems above dense foliage. Native to temperate Europe and the Mediterranean, these lovely perennials loved by pollinating insects will equally be at home in the rockery, wild garden or front/middle of the border. Try mixing with campanulas and scabiosas or interlace with alchemillas, hostas or short silver/light green grasses. Alternatively, grow in containers with contrasting flowers.
Plant around 7 cm deep in moderately fertile, well-drained, sandy soil that retains a little moisture. They do not like to be constantly wet so they do best in full sun. However, they will tolerate a little light shade. Dead-head spent flowers.
Always unpack on arrival and store in a cool place until ready to plant.
Potential problems, pests and diseases:
Generally, jasiones do not suffer from any serious diseases or pest problems. However, snails and slugs can be an issue as they enjoy eating their foliage. To avoid this, provide protection.