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LYCHNIS viscaria 'Snowbird'

Image of Lychnis viscaria 'Snowbird'

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

LYCHNIS viscaria 'Snowbird'

Plant Common Name

Snowbird Sticky Catchfly, Sticky Catchfly

General Description

With tufts of slender leaves and delicate white blossoms in early summer, this low-growing catchfly, 'Snowbird,' is a lovely alpine beauty. A small clumping perennial with slender, unbranching stems that are sticky to the touch, it is native to Europe and western Asia. The mid-green leaves are long and lance-shaped, and grow mostly at the base of the stems in a tuft. In very mild winter climates, they are partially evergreen. In early summer, tall, dark stems produce airy clusters of white flowers that are salverform in shape (a trumpet-like throat with a flattened array of heart-shaped petals). Butterflies enjoy the flowers.

Grow sticky catchfly in full sun to partial shade in any moist, fertile soil with good drainage. It has sturdy stems and produces lots of flowers, making it a staple in alpine gardend or trough gardens, cottage gardens or sunny borders. Cut spent stems at the base to encourage the growth of new stems and prolong flowering.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 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

    6"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark 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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No