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2024 Seed Catalog

Maltese Cross - Lychnis chalcedonica
Lychnis chalcedonica Maltese Cross


Malt­ese Cross


Lychnis chalcedonica,

syn. Silene chalcedonica

This rugged, easy to grow 2-3 ft. tall perennial produces brilliant scarlet flowers in dense clusters of 20-50. Bloom is 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. Packet is 3 grams, about 5,000 seeds.

Maltese Cross grows nicely with Sunburst coreopsis, Amber Wheels gaillardia, and Royal Wedding Oriental poppy.

3 grams - $3.49
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Growing Malt­ese Cross Lychnis Seeds

Bee introduces how to plant

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 in. apart after all danger of frost.

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