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Lychnis coronaria
Common Name: Rose Campion Family: Caryophyllaceae (The Pink Family)

Lychnis coronaria
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A long-standing border plant with grey foliage that sets off the magenta flowers to great effect. Long-flowering. Try it with Geranium psilostemon for excitement or Salvia 'Purple Rain' to cool things down a bit. For a sharper contrast try it with Potentilla recta and Anthemis. Easy and self seeds. I have seen this species escaped along roadsides on Pender Island. If you would like to grow this plant in similar habitats choose the cultivar 'Gardener's World' which is sterile.


Geogrpahical Origin:
Europe and Western Russia
North Africa
Native Habitat:
Scrub and rocky hillsides

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourMagenta 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom ColourRed 
Height2-4'  Bloom TimeSummer 
Spread12-24'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureLoves Sun Sun  Foliage ColourSilver 
Soil MoistureAverage Dry Drought Tolerant  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Geranium psilostemon
Achillea millefolium "'Cerise Queen'"
Geranium "'Ann Folkard'"

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