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LYCHNIS chalcedonica 'Rosea'

Image of Lychnis chalcedonica 'Rosea'

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

LYCHNIS chalcedonica 'Rosea'

Plant Common Name

Maltese Cross

Special Notice

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General Description

Pink Maltese cross forms globular clusters of light pink flowers atop tall, hairy stems. A perennial native to European Russia, it attains an upright, clumping habit with medium green, oval leaves. The hairy foliage is basal as well as clasping the tall, unbranching stems.

In early to midsummer, the stems are topped by domed clusters of five-petaled, light pink flowers. Each petal is deeply lobed, almost V-shaped, and surrounds a deeper pink tuft of stamens. Both butterflies and hummingbirds will pay visits. Seeds, which are readily produced and scattered, become bronzy brown.

Grow 'Rosea' in full sun to partial shade in average garden soils. It will reseed itself across the garden, and some gardeners will treat it as an easy-to-grow annual. Perfect for the cottage garden or mixed border, the vivid flowers look particularly showy when positioned near silver-foliaged plants and when growing in massive sweeps. After flowering, cut back plants severely to coax a second flush of bloom weeks later. If grown in shade, it may require staking.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe, Russia/Siberia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Light Pink

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes