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Lychnis coronaria

Rose campion

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.4m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourRed, pink, coral or cream.
  • Leaf ColourSilver grey

Description

Lychnis coronaria (Rose campion). Also known as Agrostemma coronaria, this species has silver to white foliage and red, pink, coral or cream flowers. It is not long-lived but will self-sow.

Characteristics

Perennial or Biennial

Origin

S.E. Europe, W.Asia

Interest and use

Border, cutting bed, foliage

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are frost hardy and easily grown in cool climates. They prefer a sunny site with well-drained soil.

Propagation

You can propagate by seed or by division in autumn or spring. It also self-seeds freely.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs may become a problem.

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