The satin flower is a most beautiful species, quite rare in cultivation. It is clump forming with narrow leaves and large, purple flowers (which are said to have a ‘satiny’ appearance). On Vancouver Island it flowers very early, sometimes in February, when I can only imagine how spectacular it looks! There are two varieties; given the collection site this one is more probably var. douglasii.
Images were provided by two kind Scottish Rock Garden Club members. Seeds were most likely collected from the regular purple flowering plants but when growing from seeds you can get lucky and maybe obtain a white flower form.
Growing habitat is also shown as a hint for the cultivation – see the growing conditions.
Germination: various germination protocols indicate that high germination is obtained only after 3-4 months of cold/moist stratification. Best sown in Nov.-Dec. and left outside under fluctuating temperatures. Some seeds will germinate after a second winter outdoors if they don’t receive enough cold.