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Rose Campion -Lychnis Coronaria

Rose Campion -Lychnis Coronaria


A cottage garden favorite since at least the 15th century. The pink blossoms are striking against the grey foliage. Ht: 2 ½’ Perennial

Common Names
Rose Campion, Lamp-flower, Mullein-Pink

Botanical Name
Lychnis coronaria (synonym Silene coronaria)

Plant Family
Caryophyllaceae (Carnation Family

Life Cycle

Hardiness Zone

Very striking and ornamental, light silver-grey downy leaves contrasted with intensely bright magenta flowers. Blooms in late spring/early summer, flowers are long lasting and profuse. Excellent cut flower.

Easy to grow and will tolerate a variety of conditions. Ideally they are given regular well-drained soil and full sun exposure. 

Seeds germinate easily and can be direct sown in fall or spring, or started in flats in the spring and then transplanted. 

Plants are herbaceous and can be cut back to the ground. Flower stalks may be removed after flowering to prevent self-seeding. Very easy to grow, low maintenance. Looks beautiful in the herb garden next to Mullein (Verbascum thapsus).

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