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Rose campion - Lychnis

Lychnis Lubera

A Lychnis enriches every flower bed and is one of those thankful perennials that require little attention.


More information about Lychnis

In a sunny location, it develops into an attractive permanent flowering plant that produces its effect in small groups in open spaces, on the edge of trees and as an accompanying perennial.

The bright pink to crimson or white flowers of the Lychnis coronaria and Silene coronaria are an effective contrast to their silver-grey stems and leaves, which branch out in an attractive way. The fluffy hairs already give an idea of the use of these plants: they love the sun and are very suitable for dry locations. If the winter is not too severe, they remain evergreen.

‘Burning Love’ (Lychnis chalcedonica) is a popular garden plant for cottage gardens, which is also known as Maltese Cross  because of its striking flowers. In one inflorescence on a long stem, up to 50 bright red individual flowers stand together in umbels. This perennial grows bushy and can reach a height of up to one metre. It is also very attractive as a cut flower. In contrast to the Lychnis coronaria, it does not tolerate dryness as well. White flowering perennials, ornamental grasses and roses are recommended as planting partners.


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A colourful summer bloomer and insect magnet
Things to know 
Location and soil

A colourful summer bloomer and insect magnet

Lychnis coronaria, also known as rose campion, forms a filigree accessory in a perennial bed. It is an upright growing plant that can reach a height of 80 centimetres. Since it copes well with drought, it is ideal for stony slopes and plantations. It is also very well suited to wild perennial plantations or near-natural beds. Its leaf rosette already sets a beautiful grey-green accent in spring gardens.

Effective combinations are possible with yellow, white or blue flowering perennials such as yarrow, rudbeckia or Delphinium. Other attractive planting partners are Sedum species and other plants with silvery foliage, such as Achillea serbica and Artemisia schmidtiana. Semi-shrubs such as lavender, perovskia or rosemary are also beautiful additions.

L. coronaria blooms tirelessly from June to August and is very popular with bees, bumblebees and butterflies - especially the Lemon Butterfly - during this period. Although it is rather short-lived, under ideal conditions it maintains itself by self-seeding.

The velvety purple flowers of the original species of Lychnis are very distinctive. They are somewhat reminiscent of a phlox flower and appear from June on long stems.

The 'Alba' variety with its white flowers is a graceful shape in the bed, and flowers reliably even on hot sites. 6 to 9 plants can be planted per square metre. The perennial is biennial to triennial, but it produces offspring regularly by self-sowing, as long as the soil is open.

Things to know Lychnis

The genus Lychnis, belongs to the family of Caryophyllaceae, there are about 25 species. The botanical genus name comes from the Greek and means 'lamp'. It is probably due to the fact that the felty leaves of the plant were used as wicks in the past. Representatives are also called sticky catchfly or clammy campion. The name is derived from Lychnis viscaria, whose stems are covered with a sticky layer. One should not be confused: sometimes, this is not regarded as a separate genus but is counted among the genus Silene.

The rose campion and Maltese cross are native to Eastern Europe and Central Asia. L. chalcedonica is also called the Maltese cross or Jerusalem cross because of the striking shape of its flowers. It can be found in its natural habitats on damp forest meadows, along the edges of bushes and in ravines.

The rose campion is characterised by its clump-forming and upright growth. It feels comfortable in nature on rocky slopes and in bushes. At first, it forms a white-grey leaf rosette. In the second and third year, the flowers appear, which, unlike the flowers of other carnation species, do not have a fringed edge. The plant dies after the seeds have spread.

Location and soil

The ideal location for the Lychnis species should be full sun and airy. L. chalcedonica needs humus, fresh and permeable garden soil with sufficient nutrients. Dryness should be avoided.

L. coronaria, the rose campion, develops best on nutrient-rich, sandy and fresh soil. The plant also copes well with dryness. Winter dampness, on the other hand, is an enemy of the rose campion, as its roots rot easily.


It needs a distance of 20 to 30 centimetres to other plants. Lychnis chalcedonica benefits from the addition of ripe compost during planting. Thorough watering helps the plants to develop roots.


When L. coronaria has established itself, it proves to be quite easy to care for. In a long dry season, it needs additional water.
It is happy about an application of fertiliser in the spring as well as regular watering. After flowering, it is recommended to cut it a hand's length above the ground. This way new shoots will develop and the plant will not re-seed itself. However, the perennial is also somewhat short-lived and self-seeding is an easy way to keep it longer in the garden.


You can propagate these plants in the spring by dividing the rootstock (rhizome). It can also be sown without problems.

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