LYCHNIS Alpine Campion

Several Campions are grown in the herbaceous border, ranging in size from the 3 ft tall Jerusalem Cross to the 18 in. Rose Campion. For the rockery there is just a single species – L. alpina. This tiny alpine produces tufts of dark green leaves and in summer clusters of starry flowers appear. Grow it between paving stones or in the rock garden – its compactness makes it an excellent choice for a sink garden. No problems as long as the soil is not chalky and there is no danger of waterlogging. The only difficulty is that the Alpine Campion is short-lived.

VARIETIES: You will find the Alpine Campion listed as L. alpina or Viscaria alpina – height 4 in., spread 4 in.

Flowering period: May-July. The flower stalks are just a couple of inches high, each one crowned with agroup ofpink flowers. For other colours choose the variety ‘Alba’ (white) or ‘Rosea’ (deep pink).

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained acid or neutral soil will do – thrives best in full sun.

PROPAGATION: Sow seeds under glass in early spring.

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