Rose campion

Lychnis coronaria and cvs.

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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Rose campion (Lychnis coronaria and cvs.)
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Genus:  Lychnis

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 Characteristics: 

Disease-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.

Care: 

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

Propagation: 

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

Problems: 

Anther smut and leaf spots.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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