Hardy evergreen perennials and annuals with lance-shaped leaves and star-shaped flowers. They are of easy culture, growing freely in any soil and (being mostly natives of Southern Europe) requiring little water. They are also well adapted for ornamenting dry banks if planted after the first rains in Autumn. Seeds of the annual species should be sown in August in a cold frame or in a sheltered border; barely cover the seeds with finely sifted sandy soil; plant them out in October and they will begin flowering in April. The perennial species, such as Agrostemma coronaria, are increased by division of the roots, the early Winter being the best season for their division.