Lychnis

This is:

A potpourri (below) of campion/catchfly/silene/Lychnis species information as a supplement to other articles.

A plant-based page rather than our usual topic-based page. It's a pivot point, one list of links to ours and others' articles that involve Lychnis species.

We're just introducing this set of perennial info pages. This page is in process but Aster's page is complete. We hope you'll take a look there and comment. Let us know if the format was useful, share your suggestions, tell us we shouldn't have this page at all... anything helps.

Right: Some say the deep rose magenta of scarlet campion (Lychnis coronaria) blooms is too strong in color, too difficult to combine with other colors. Certainly it's fine with many rosy tones, as here mingling with the pink of bloody cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum) flowers. When it comes to other hues, the plant's gray foliage is the perfect mediator between the flowers of this very willing, if short-lived perennial and any others. However, white flowered 'Alba' and white-with-pink-center 'Angel's Blush' exist for those too timid to display the species' true color.

Matching the flowers of orange-red of Maltese cross (Lychnis chalcedonica) or its hybrid L. x arkwrightii to other garden plants is a bigger challenge, in our book. True yellows are almost the only go-between.

 

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