Compact but beautiful rhizomatous perennial herbaceous perennial growing to 10cm x15cm. Blue, pink or white flowers emerge in spring above a rosette of bright green leaves. Best under deciduous shrubs, as elsewhere, it can be forgotten about and inadvertently dug out if planted in more exposed sites.
H x S: 0.1m x 0.15m
Aspect and soil: Grow in any well-drained, humus-rich soil (except heavy clay), in sun or part-shade.
Use: in drifts in woodlands or under deciduous trees such as early-flowering Prunus, roses, spring-flowering shrubs. Goes well with other winter flowering and early spring bulbs such as Iris reticulata, Muscaris, snowdrops.
Care: No particular care; allow to naturalise.
Wildlife: Loved by pollinators.
Hazard: Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset.