HARDY PERENNIALS: LYCHNIS

Several of the ‘Campions’ are good garden plants needing no fussing, but varying considerably from species to species. L. arkwrightii for instance has a very puny root, but quite large heads of brilliant scarlet vermilion flowers on 12 inches purple leaved stems. It will come from seed and lives only 2-3 years. L. chalcedonica however, will reach 3 feet in good soil, with leafy stems and topped with a close head of small scarlet flowers. This is longer lived and will divide, as will the tufty L. viscaria splendens plena, which makes a bright display of double deep pink carnation like flowers in June-July, only 10 inches high. There is a pretty single white form of L. viscaria, which is a little taller and longer flowering but for long flowering L. coronaria is excellent. It makes a mound of soft silvery foliage and loose branching sprays of pink or red flowers. Though not a long living plant it comes easily from seed. L. cognata is a rarer species with rich red flowers on bushy 12 inches growth.

LYCHNIS chalcedonica

LYCHNIS chalcedonica

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