400 seeds $2.25
Lychnis chalcedonica blooms in June with large clusters of vivid, scarlet-red flowers. The flowers seem to glow in the garden like a neon restaurant sign that says, "Hummingbirds, eat here!" Maltese Cross blooms the first year from seed. It can be cut back when the flowers fade to encourage repeat blooming. The long-stemmed flowers make good cut flowers. Deer resistant. Hardy in zones 4-10.
Lychnis is a perennial flower that blooms in summer. It's a popular cottage garden plant.
Sowing Lychnis Seeds
Start lychnis seeds indoors 8 weeks before the last frost date. Barely cover the seeds with soil. Full sun to part shade. Spacing 15".
Lychnis chalcedonica Alba
(White Maltese Cross)
350 seeds $2.75
Lychnis chalcedonica Alba is the white-flowered form of Lychnis chalcedonica. The large clusters of white flowers go with nearly everything in the garden. White Maltese Cross is a rare perennial. Most people are only familiar with the scarlet-flowered version. Lychnis chalcedonica is an heirloom flower that has been grown in American gardens since the 18th century. Hardy in zones 4-10.
300 seeds $2.25
Lychnis coronaria is a short-lived, self-sowing perennial with vivid, purplish red flowers and fuzzy, silvery green leaves. Both the flowers and foliage are very striking. The foliage is great for brightening up a partly shaded garden. Rose Campion is an heirloom flower. It looks great with old-fashioned roses that bloom in cool tones. Lychnis coronaria starts blooming in June and continues for most of the summer. Deer resistant. Hardy in zones 3-9.
White Rose Campion goes well with other flowers. Even when it's not blooming, the attractive foliage is a valuable asset in the garden.
Lychnis coronaria Alba blooms for a long time, and it self-sows in moderation. Also known as Dusty Miller and Silene coronaria. Hardy in zones 3-9.
Lychnis coronaria Alba
(White Rose Campion)
300 seeds $2.25
Lychnis viscaria 'Feuer'
1,000 seeds $2.25
Lychnis viscaria 'Feuer' blooms in late spring with brilliant clusters of reddish-pink flowers that light up the garden. The grass-like foliage makes a neat clump.
Lychnis viscaria is easy to grow. It prefers afternoon shade in hot climates. The name 'Feuer' means 'Fire' in German. Also known as Lychnis viscaria splendens 'Feuer'. Deer resistant. Hardy in zones 3-8.