Rose campion

Lychnis coronaria coll. 'Mese'

Rose campion - Lychnis coronaria coll.  'Mese'

Common Name: Rose campion
Genus: Lychnis
Species: coronaria coll.
Cultivar: 'Mese'

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.70 m (70 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Pink, White
Foliage Colour: Grey/SilverFlowering Period: July & August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Dazzling disc shaped magenta pink flowers which fade to white at the centre and have pinkish-purple veining appear on slender branching stems in late summer above clumps of down-covered silvery leaves. This cultivar was collected by the MESE expedition (Alpine Garden Society expedition to Macedonia and Epiros) in 1999. It is an ideal plant for the middle of a sunny well drained border and if the spent blooms are dead-headed regularly it will prolong the flowering period. It is usually longer lived than many of the other rose campions especially when it is grown in a gritty soil.

  • Garden care: Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost around the base of the plant in early-spring. Cut back the faded flowerheads in late autumn after they have released their seed.

    It is worth keeping in mind that these plants are short lived perennials or bi-ennial so although they usually self-seed freely the plant will only live for a couple of years.

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