Description and General Information:
Commonly called the horned rampion, this bellflower relative is native primarily to rocky alpine areas of the European Alps and Apennines. Plants for a low tuft, to 15 cm, of narrow dark-green leaves held on long petioles. The flowers are held on wiry stems, 20-30 cm tall. Each stem ends in a globular cluster of narrow mid to deep-blue flowers. The overall effects is similar to a pin-cushion or Allium flower.
This species is generally easy-going. It needs a well-drained but evenly moist site in full sun to part shade. It is not fussy about the soil pH. It is hardy through zone 5.
Phyteuma scheuchzeri is most commonly propagated by seed. Direct sow at 20 C; no stratification is required. If plants are happy, they will self-seed on their own. Larger plants may be dug and divided in early spring.