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Lychnis chalcedonica
Common Name: Maltese Cross Family: Caryophyllaceae (The Pink Family)

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Each year this old-fashioned perennial blooms in our Hot Bed and each year we get asked about it countless times. I had felt it too old-fashioned to carry but as they say “what's old is new again!” Maltese cross has tall strong stems to three to four feet and mid green foliage. The firey red star-shaped flowers are held in tight domed clusters.


Geogrpahical Origin:
Europe and Western Russia
North Central and Eastern Asia
Asia - China and Japan
Native Habitat:
Moist forest meadows, shrubs, ravines, forest edges.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourRed 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height2-4'  Bloom TimeSummer 
Spread8-12'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureLoves Sun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureAverage  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone4-10  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Rudbeckia "'Goldquelle'"
Panicum virgatum "'Shenandoah'"

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