A low growing perennial plant with very unusual flowers, pink with wing-like sepals and petals joined at the tip and ended with a frilly crest. A show-stopper when it flowers, usually in May. A special little plant for a spot in the rockery or trough, or for the edge of the woodland garden. Unfortunately, I have never seen it offered.
Germination: The seeds are equipped with elaiosomes (associated with ant dispersal) and they are difficult to collect. Literature is contradictory when it comes to the germination of this species, so in my personal trial-outs, seeds kept in dry storage in the fridge and planted in early spring have germinated better than those stored with moist-cold stratification. You can read a full post and see images with seedlings in the Blog.