A highly versatile, somewhat aristocratic border plant with evergreen, blue-green foliage with white mottling. The blooms are in the form of sea-blue bracts aloft the spiralling foliage. A great border and container plant, bees love it!
Sow seed on the surface of a good free draining, damp seed compost and cover with a fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Seal container inside a polythene bag and place at 18-20°C (64-68°F) until after germination which usually takes 5-21 days. Do not exclude light, as this helps germination.
Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm (3in) pots. Grow on in cooler, well lit conditions for 10-15 days before planting out after frost, 30cm (12in) apart.