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Lychnis coronaria

Lychnis coronaria
rose campion
Lychnis coronaria
'Angel Blush' attempt: subtly different coloration from the species, but not like its parent

Synonym(s) Silene coronaria
Common name rose campion
Family caryophyllaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-8)
Flowers magenta (summer)
Size 3'
Light full to partial sun
Cultural notes drought tolerant once established
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate August

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.

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

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '00 garden for both the magenta and white varieties. Good germination for both at 70F, 4-9d
  2. Seed for 'Hutchinson's Cream' from '01 trade. Pot outside mid-March, good germination by mid-April
  3. Seed for 'Angel Blush' from '04 trade. Baggy 70F (77%G, 7-13d)

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