A Portuguese genus of one species, which is a
miniature in every respect.
It is also known as the Diamond Flower.
The leaves are small and rounded, not more than
a quarter of an inch across, and the flowers are
stem-less, being four-petalled, white in colour
and suffused with violet, and the whole plant
does not exceed three inches high or four inches
A most useful annual for sowing between the crevices
of paving where the flowers provide a very appropriate
It is also suitable for shaded or sunny positions
in the rock garden, as a ribbon margin to flowerbeds,
and as a foreground furnishing for taller annuals.
The seed should be sown in early April where the
plants are to flower.
Germination is usually rapid and the flowers will
appear in June.
Propagation is from seed.
The flowering season is from June until autumnal