Intensely silver-haired rosettes give rise in spring to large heads of deep pink, yellow-eyed flowers on short, upright stems. Like many Androsace, the flowers are scented.
Each rosettes produces new rosettes on short stems after flowering and the plant becomes a slowly spreading mat of silver-grey. About 10cm (4") high.
Hardy and easy to grow but does better with a little protection from excessive winter rain on those hairy leaves - an excellent plant for the alpine house or cold frame. I have seen some wonderful specimens of this plant doing the rounds of the spring alpine plant shows, it looks fantastic in a low, clay pan.
I picked this up at one of these shows labelled as 'Chris Chadwell' (the plantsman who arranges plant hunting expeditions and brings back seeds) and it's possibly a nice cultivar or hybrid ofA. studiosorum(usually listed as A. sarmentosa).