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Lychnis chalcedonica

Also called Jerusalem Cross, Scarlet lightning


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Lychnis chalcedonica - Maltese Cross

More About Lychnis chalcedonica

  • AKA Silene chalcedonica
  • Scarlet-red flowers form dense, terminal clusters
  • Opposite, lanceolate, mid-green leaves, 5-10 cm long
  • Bloom Time: July to August
  • Flower Height: 90 cm
  • Foliage Height: 75 cm
  • Flower Size: 9 cm

Interesting Notes:

Cross-shaped flowers with deeply lobed petals resemble a Maltese cross.

Zone:

4

Height:

60-75 cm

Spread:

40-50 cm

Colour:

Scarlet

Maltese Cross Growing and Maintenance Tips

An excellent cut flower that may need staking. Reliable and long-lived clumps that can be easily divided in the spring or fall and add bold colour for the back border. 

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Lychnis chalcedonica Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Hummingbirds
Attracts Hummingbirds
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Medium

Flowering Time

Summer

Habit

Clumping
Upright

Foliage Color

Green