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Lychnis Syn. Silene cognata
Orange Catchfly
Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Perennial, Hardy
Flowering period Late spring/early summer
Height 12-18in/30-45cm
Light preference Sun, Part shade
Soil preference Any, but moist and free-draining
Sowing time/depth Autumn, Spring, Barely cover
This unique plant, which originates from Asia, is a delight! Rarely will you find such a brightly-coloured shade-tolerating plant. It produces a succession of vivid, tangerine blooms, about 4cm across, throughout the summer, followed by attractive seedpods. The foliage is light-green in colour, which further serves to brighten up shady corners. Mine are situated under the apple trees. Growth can be a little lax, so some support, whilst not essential, may be beneficial. Highly recommended!
Sowing and/or growing instructions
Best sown under glass, in modules or small pots of good quality compost, barely covering with a little more compost or vermiculite. Germination can be slow and erratic. Grow on, keeping moist but not waterlogged, and plant out when large enough, preferably after last frosts. Alternatively, direct sow in Spring or Autumn.
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