|'Angel Blush' attempt: subtly different coloration from the species, but not like its parent |
From each little velvety silver-gray rosette of this stunning spring blooming perennial sprouts a long stemmed stalk with in-your-face magenta flowers. A tough ornamental cottage garden plant that likes to spread itself around. Before it blooms, it is often mistaken for lamb's ear, but it has somewhat less succulent, pointier leaves that are more felty than woolly. A couple years ago, I traded for seed of 'Angel Blush', which is supposed to be a two-tone white/pink - but it didn't come true.
||full to partial sun
||drought tolerant once established
||germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
|Seed ripens||late August|
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list
One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog
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Visitors to this page have left the following comments
|Joy||Oct 24, 2006||Hi,
I stumbled on your site from a Google search for jewels of opar. I've been enjoying it for the last hour or so.
Also, I thought I'd comment on the Lychnis 'Angel blush' problem you had.
I've had angel blush as well as the magenta one in my garden for years.
I originally grew them from seed I got from a trade. So Angel blush does come true from seed, in fact it self sows in my garden and those come true as well.
I think you may have been given the wrong seed and would encourage you to try it again with seed from a different source this time.
Love your site.
Thanks for the information, Joy. I'll give them another try sometime.
|Linnea||Apr 28, 2008||I planted one near existing Centaurea Montana last fall. Now I can't tell which is which as they are both kind of felty and grey-ish. Tag disappeared over the winter. Any idea how I can tell them apart? I will be digging out most of the Centaurea. |
The lychnis is silvery in color, the centaurea more of dull greyish green. At least in my garden.
|veronica utter||Apr 23, 2010||I agree with you on that. The lychnis is much more silvery. They grow in my lawn all the time. Both plants are great self seeders. I find that my lychnis coronaria don't transplant well all the time and the lower leaves tend to wilt. I don't think they like too much water. They are fabulous for color but may clash with certain colors. |
|Bere||Jun 21, 2010||I love these Lychnis coronaria with the magenta flowers. Somehow one showed up in my yard 5 years ago and started multiplying. I live about 10 miles from the shore and they tolerate all the heat and I never even water them. They are surviors. Each year more and more little ones come up and I keep moving them into specific areas of the yard and the bunches look great. Thanks, it took me a while to find your site so I could know what they are.|
|Caroline||Jul 09, 2010||These are my husband's favorite. I deadhead them like crazy so they don't self seed too much, just enough to get seedlings to replace the mother plant, as they are not long lived. Deadheading also keeps them blooming all summer for me. |
|Maggy||Aug 15, 2010||I found your site with a simple description on Goodsearch. This is a fabulously beautiful flower which was here when we bought our house. It reseeds easily in relatively poor soil--grows like a weedy wildflower. Our simple irrigation system keeps it reproducing and blooming along with a bit of fertilizer in the late spring. |
|marje||Aug 27, 2010||Well I got a plant of "Angel blush" Lychnis today. if it grows well I will next year send seed. very nice website. thank you.|
|Rena Fay||Jun 08, 2011||Thanks for putting this together. Great photos and information.
|Lori||Jul 11, 2011||Thanks for the advice on Lynchis - I have the white and magenta versions, but didn't know about 'Angel Blush' and will look out for this. I was wondering whether to deadhead to extend flowering and know I know!|
|marci||Aug 10, 2011||The Lychnis Coronaria in my flower garden died at the end of last summer. I forgot about it. This summer was bewildered by all the 'tiny lambs ear' sprouting like weeds....which I weeded out. Would those tiny sprouts have developed into full sized plants? They were so small. I feel so bad. Thanks for this infromative website.|
Yep, those would have been blooming plants by next season. But don't feel too bad - it's not difficult to re-establish them (seed for the species is always offered in exchanges etc.), and now you know what to look for in spring :-)
|Betty||Oct 19, 2011||Living in zone 7, my rose campion grew well into September. Of course I did a lot of deadheading, but it was profuse. What is the "angel blush" you are talking about? Never hear of it.|
A variety with pink-and-white bicolor flowers (picture).
|Mel||Jan 20, 2012|| rose campion also bloom in white|
Indeed - those are featured on this page.
- Seed from '00 garden for both the magenta and white varieties. Good germination for both at 70F, 4-9d
- Seed for 'Hutchinson's Cream' from '01 trade. Pot outside mid-March, good germination by mid-April
- Seed for 'Angel Blush' from '04 trade. Baggy 70F (77%G, 7-13d)
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