Maltese Cross, Rose Campion
Lychnis chalcedonica syn. Silene chalcedonica, L. coronaria occulata
MALTESE CROSS Lychnis chalcedonica, syn. Silene chalcedonica
This rugged, easy to grow, 2-3′ perennial produces brilliant scarlet flowers in dense clusters of 20-50. Blooms in June and July. Maltese Cross is stunning grown alongside plants with gray foliage or white flowers. Likes regular water and will even thrive in boggy conditions. Winter hardy to zone 3.
DUSKY SALMON Maltese Cross Lychnis chalcedonica, syn. Silene chalcedonica
Maltese Cross plants with a twist. Dense, round 4″ clusters of starry, light to dark salmon-pink flowers on 4′ tall, easy to grow plants. 'Dusky Salmon' blooms freely throughout July and August and is an excellent cut flower. Winter hardy to zone 4.
OCCULATA Rose Campion Seeds Lychnis coronaria occulata
Easy to grow 2.5′ tall plants carry attractive, silky, silvery leaves and beautiful, 1-2″ white flowers with delightful pink eyes. Flowers the first year, bloom is heavier and showier in July and August of the second season. Individual plants are short-lived, however they reliably self-sow to return and flower year after year. Prefers afternoon shade in hot climates. Winter hardy to zone 4.
How to Plant Lychnis Seeds
Sow seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil but do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 70° F., germination averages 3-4 weeks. Transplant into the garden 12-18″ apart after all danger of frost.