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Lychnis coronaria AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Annual/Biennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Purple in Summer

Foliage

Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

rose campion

Family

Caryophyllaceae


Lychnis can be biennials or perennials, with simple leaves and tubular, salver-shaped or star-shaped flowers in terminal clusters

L. coronaria is an erect biennial or short-lived perennial with silvery-grey felted leaves and lax sprays of long-stalked, vivid rose-purple flowers 3cm across in late summer

Other common names

  • Bridget-in-her-bravery
  • campion
  • corn rose
  • crown of the field
  • dusty miller
  • garland flower
  • mullein pink
  • pink mullein
  • red bird's eye
  • rose cockle

Synonym(s)

  • Agrostemma coronaria
  • Agrostemma tomentosum hort.

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in any moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Neutral, Acid or Alkaline
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants or Prairie Planting


How to care

Pruning

Deadhead to prolong flowering

Pests

Slugs may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free