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Lychnis - Rose Campion, Mullein Pink,
Flower of Jove, Double Ragged Robin, Cuckoo Flower,
Corn Cockle, Jerusalem Cross, Maltese Cross, Scarlet
Lightning, German Catchfly
the different parts of one's garden there are many good
varieties of Lychnis. Two of these are known as Agrostemma.
Double Ragged Robin and Cuckoo Flower are both common
names of Agrostemma, Lynchis Flos-cuculi. This
plant, with narrow, grass-like, grayish foliage, grows
from 12 inches to 18 inches high, forming a tuft, and
producing many small, delicate, tassel-like flowers
in short sprays of rose or soft pink, which are very
attractive to the bees of the neighborhood. Ragged Robin
is in bloom continuously from May through August. The
Mullein Pink, Dusty Miller or Rose Campion (L. or A.
coronaria) is a very striking plant. The stems
and leaves are a downy, silvery gray and the Pink-like
flowers are a cerise scarlet. It grows 2 feet or 2 1/2
feet tall and is in bloom during July and August.
Maltese Cross, Jerusalem Cross or Scarlet Lightning
(L. chalcedonica) is a tall, loose growing plant
with hairy stems and leaves. The foliage is similar
to that of Sweet William and from each plant several
straight, strong flower stems rise to a height of 12
feet or 3 feet and have immense heads of vermilion-scarlet
flowers. This is one of the most brilliant of the old-fashioned
flowers. There are whit flowered forms of this species.
The German Catchfly (L. Viscaria) grows only
about 12 inches high, has dense growing, evergreen foliage
and fragrant deep red flowers. There is a sticky, viscid
area below the flowers. L. Haageana has single,
orange-scarlet flowers, shaped like those of Maltese
Cross, and grows a foot tall. Most of these varieties
have double forms which are really as interesting as
the single ones.
All of these varieties are used for cut flowers, in
perennial borders and rock gardens. They make a fine
bedding plant because the period of bloom is extended
over the Summer months.
Lychnis is very easy of culture. The plants like sandy,
well manured loam in full sunlight. Those varieties
suitable for the rockeries grow well in dry soils. These
are one of the best groups of plants for withstanding
The best method is by division of the plants in Spring,
although all the varieties are easily grown from seed
which blooms the second year after being sown.
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