PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).

Lychnis syn. Silene chalcedonica
Maltese Cross, Scarlet Lightning, Catchfly
New - highly recommended!
Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Perennial, Hardy
Flowering period Late summer - early Autumn
Height 24-36in/.60-90cm
Light preference Full sun
Soil preference Any reasonable soil
Sowing time/depth Any time,
A lovely addition at the back of the hot bed, this tall, robust, long-lived perennial is a traditional cottage garden plant that has been grown and enjoyed for many generations. Rich red clusters of flowers on tall stems. There is a tendency for the plants to lose their lower leaves as the season progresses, so best to place where other plants provide a foil.

NOTE: Externally sourced seeds.

Sowing and/or growing instructions
Can be sown at any time of year (although they may wait until spring to germinate), either direct or in an unheated greenhouse or cold frame. Cut plants back by a third after flowering.
Seed
1 packet - 200 seeds approx. £1.95

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