Hairy or glandular annual of variable height according to the selection but mostly less than 40 cm. Leaves variable, narrowly oblanceolate, ovate or lanceolate, opposite at the base of the plant, alternate above, stalkless or with very short stalks. Flowers mostly white, sometimes pastel pink, purple or red, occasionally yellow and mostly with a paler eye; spring.
Available as a range of seed mixes and cultivars with different flower colours and habits, including dwarf and tall forms and those with starry, fringed and bicoloured petals. These include 'Candy Dwarf', Candy Special Mixed, Dwarf Beauty Mixed, Dwarf Cecily Mixed, 'Dwarf Charm', Dwarf Twinkle Star Mixed, Globe Mixture, Palona Series and so on. Many make attractive cut flowers.
Source: (2002). Polemoniaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.