|This genus of short-lived perennials also contains biennials and annuals are are often found in alpine pastures, rock outcroppings or mountain woods in temperate areas. Leaves maybe either spoon-shaped or oval, entire or toothed and grow in a rosette fashion. Spring to early summer flowers are cross-shaped and range in color from purple to pink. Best if grown in sharp or gritty soil that is well-drained. Grow in full sun with protection from midday sun.