How to Grow Douglasia Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Yellow Rock Jasmine

Douglasia is a genus of hardy perenial plants. These flower in the spring.

It is a rosette plant, and carries lots of tubular shaped flowers of yellow or pink.

Due to its size, and prostrate nature, it is an ideal plant for rock gardens.

One of the common names for Douglasia is Yellow Rock Jasmine. Some members of this genus are known as the Dwarf Primrose.

The Douglasia plant genus itself is often considered to be part of the Androsace genus. Androsace consists of about 110 species, and includes most of the known Rock Jasmines and Fairy Candelabras.

Douglasia nivalis
Douglasia nivalis by nordique.

Douglasia Growing and Care Guide

Common Names: Rock Jasmine: Yellow; Alpine; Androsace, Fairy candelabras. Dwarf primrose
Life Cycle: Hardy perennial.
Height: 3 to 5 inches (7 to 13 cm).
Native:Himalayas. Many species are native to the Arctic, Tundra, and Alpine regions of North America and Russia.
Family: Primulaceae.

Growing Region: Zones 5 to 7.
Flowers: Spring.
Flower Details: Yellow, pink. Tiny flowers. Umbel. Tubular. Massed
Foliage: Herbaceous. Oblong. Tiny. Toothed. Sometimes hairy.

Sow Outside: Surface. Autumn. Douglasia seeds should first be sown into flats. Next sink the flat into the ground in an area that offers shade, preferably close to a wall that faces north. Provide a glass/plastic covering. Keep an eye on the flats to ensure that the soil remains moist. In the spring bring indoors and keep at 55°F (13°C). Once seedlings have emerged and grown strong transplant them outdoors towards the end of autumn or the beginning of spring. Spacing 8 inches (20 cm).
Sow Inside: Germination time: one month to two years. Temperature: 55°F (13°C). Mix seeds in a moist growing medium, place in a freezer bag, then stratify by refrigeration for one month. Sow at the end of winter. Transplant outdoors as above.

Requirements and care: Full sunlight or light shade. Good drainage. Moist soil. Soil pH 5.5 to 7.0. Regular watering during dry periods, avoiding leaves. Light winter mulch. The crown is vulnerable so protect from heavy rains. Propagate: by taking summer softwood cuttings or by dividing in the autumn.

How to grow Yellow Rock Jasmine and other Douglasia Plants in the Garden

If planning to grow yellow Rock Jasmine outdoors, then seeds should be sown on the soil surface in flats that are north facing. Do this in the autumn. The flats should then be covered in glass.

As soon as spring arrives, bring the flats indoors, and keep at about 10 degrees celsius (50°F).

If you plan to start the seedlings of yellow rock jasmine indoors, then place the seeds (within soil) in a black bag. Following this, place in the fridge for five weeks.

Seeds should then be sown out at a temperature of 10 Celsius (50°F). Douglasia seeds can take anything from one month to two years to germinate!

Once seedlings have appeared, they should remain growing until they are ready to be planted out at the end of winter.

Douglasia can be planted into either a sunny or lightly shaded part of the garden. this location should have good drainage, and a moist soil of about pH 6 to 7.

Young Douglasia, such as yellow rock jasmine plants, should be planted at about 20 cm apart (8 inches).

Caring for Douglasia

It will take at least two years until Yellow rock Jasmine and other Douglasia first bloom. Once established the plants will require to be watered from below (avoid the leaves) during prolonged dry spells

The plant should be protected in times of heavy rain, perhaps by locating the plant under a rock overhang in the garden.

Common Questions

How many members does the Douglasia genus have?

The Douglasia genus contains 12 species.

Do members of Douglasia make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Douglasia species are alpine plants, making them a good choice for rock gardens or other similar landscapes.

Which Douglasia species are most frequently grown by gardeners?

Douglasia laevigata is a commonly grown species among gardeners.

Are members of the Douglasia plant genus fragrant?

No, Douglasia species are not known for their fragrance.

What is the perfect location to grow Douglasia?

Douglasia prefers a location with full sun to partial shade, and gritty, well-drained soil.

Is Douglasia invasive in the USA, if so in which states?

Currently, Douglasia is not considered invasive in the USA.

How do I remove Douglasia plants from my garden?

Douglasia can be removed by gently uprooting the entire plant, including all roots, to prevent regrowth.


The Douglasia genus consists of about 10 species of perennial flowering plants native to North America. They are alpine or rock garden plants, with compact growth and small, typically pink flowers that bloom in early spring.

Douglasia plants prefer full sun and gritty, well-drained soil, typical of their native alpine habitats. They can be grown from seeds and are best planted in rock gardens or troughs, where their small size and delicate beauty can be appreciated. They require cold winters and do not tolerate hot, humid summer conditions well.

I hope that you found this guide on how to grow Douglasia plants in your garden. You may also enjoy my gardening guides on how to grow Alpine Snowbell, Primula plant, and Lysimachia plants.