Lychnis coronaria – Rose campion
Put on a dazzling show this summer in your borders with this fabulous old-fashioned sun loving favourite.
This clump-forming perennial or erect biennial adds brilliant colour in shades of bright magenta pink to red flowers which are produced in late summer on tall stems and are contrasted beautifully against the silvery-grey felted leaves. The unusual looking foliage adds soft texture in the garden even when the flowers are not in bloom.
It’s easy to grow and is suitable for rock or cottage gardens. Flowers are great for cutting too.
Details Lychnis coronaria – Rose campion
- Not eaten by animals
- Attracts Butterflies
- Blooms: June – August
- Flower colour: purple
- Full grown: 1 Year
- Full grown height: 50 – 75 cm
- Full grown width: 10 – 25 cm
- Plant location: Sun and semi shade
- Plant depth: 12 cm
- Plant spacing: 25 cm
How to take care of Lychnis coronaria
Any garden soil will do as long as it’s well drained. It thrives best in a full sun position. Water well after planting and in dry weather. Drought tolerant once established. In exposed sites the stems may need to be staked.
Flowers are sparse the first year but increase in the second year. In the third year, the numbers of blossoms begin to decline. Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. Cut down stems to ground level each autumn, and tidy up foliage in early spring.
Sow seeds under glass in spring or divide clumps in autumn and replace immediately.