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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
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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. 


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