In early spring, these plants make oh-so-neat clumps – but come late spring, the flower stalks zoom upward, brighten up the garden with bright red flower clusters, and all too often, flop about a bit for a somewhat untidy appearance. We cut them down right after the flowers fade, after which they go back to being appropriately tidy. I still think of this as Lychnis chalcedonica, but the botanists have decided otherwise.
||ordinary garden soil
||Easy, start at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
|knobby kidney-shaped seed |
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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|mike||Apr 12, 2011||would like to know about any practical usages of the Lychnis such as insect repellent, sore joints or just anything besides beauty.|
|Jan||Jun 24, 2014||I would like to buy some seeds from lychnis chalcedonica. I purchased some on line and they look like poppy seeds -- not the kidney shaped seeds pictured here.|
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|K-Mi||Jul 23, 2015||Do they get more then one bloom if you cut them back?|
I've not experimented with deadheading these. Other lychnis (silene) species are reported to prolong their bloom with regular deadheading, so it's worth trying.
- Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 70F (55%G, 8-14d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (90%G, 4-9d)
- Seed from '06 garden. Baggy 70F (93%G, 8-10d)
- Seed from '12 garden. Baggy 70F (90+%G, 5-7d)
- Seed from '13 garden. Baggy 70F (27+%G, 7-10d)
I must have done something wrong in 2008 and 2014...
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