A very good source of pollen and nectar for honeybees, solitary bees, short-tongued bumblebees, and to a lesser extent, long tongued bees. There are several species of small beetle that feed on the foliage. It is the food plant of the Brown Argus, Green Hairstreak and Silver Studded Blue.
Where to grow in my garden?
Will grow on almost no soil so good for bare difficult places. A good plant for a south-facing rockery.
Flowers: May-Sept Habitat: Dry grassland, chalk cliffs and hillsides Height: 5-30cm Growth Type: Evergreen dwarf shrub Position: Full sun Soil Preference: Calcareous
Advised to plant in informal groups to encourage recognition and attract bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects