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Rose campion

Lychnis coronaria and cvs.

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Gray-green, spear-shaped leaves form a low, tidy, circular mound about 1 foot in diameter. This plant puts on a dazzling show of five-petaled magenta flowers on straight stalks about 2 feet high in mid-spring. 

Noteworthy CharacteristicsDisease-resistant and easy to grow. Effective when massed. Self-seeds freely. ‘Alba’ has pure white flowers; ‘Angel’s Blush’ has white petals with faint pink centers.

CareGrows well in sunny, well-drained, lean soil.

PropagationFrom seed. Or divide and take basal cuttings in early spring.

ProblemsAnther smut and leaf spots.

  • Genus : Lychnis
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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