to 30cm or more across and 15-25cm tall. Leaves narrowly oblanceolate,, 1-2.5cm long, the basal ones broader than the stem ones. Flowers about 1.8cm across, cerise, but can vary from light pink to deep, crimson red. Dry meadows and pastures. Europe and Asia. A number of cultivars have arisen which are all reliable plants for the rock garden. Notable are 'Albus' with white flowers, 'Brilliant' with bright carmine flowers and 'Flashing Light' which is a true red. Some have deep or purple-green leaves, others are somewhat glaucous (D.d. 'Glaucus').