Depending on the species they bloom from the end of winter to summer and carry flat flowers of pink, white or red.
Their small size makes them ideal to grow in rock gardens or in the gaps of drystone walls.
A common name of Erinus is Fairy Foxglove.
Erinus alpinus by peganum.
Common Names: Fairy Foxglove, Starflower, Alpine Balsam.
Life Cycle: Hardy perennial.
Height: 3 to 6 inches (8 to 15 cm).
Seeds of Erinus should be sown on the soil surface at the start of spring. Fairy foxgloves like to grow in a sunny to partially shaded part of the garden that has good drainage.
The soil should be gritty or sandy in nature. If you prefer to start the growing process of Fairy Foxglove indoors then they should be started off about 8 weeks before due to be put in the garden (following the last frost of spring).
They typically take about three to four weeks to germinate at a temperature of 17 to 21 degrees Centigrade.
If you require more Fairy Foxgloves then they should be divided in the spring. It is best not to self seed Erinus plants, as the plants used in gardens are cultivated to be as they are, so if they self their offspring do not stay true and are not as attractive.
I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Erinus plants. Updated September 2020.