Maltese cross

Lychnis chalcedonica 'Apricot'

Maltese cross - Lychnis chalcedonica  'Apricot'

Common Name: Maltese cross
Genus: Lychnis
Species: chalcedonica
Cultivar: 'Apricot'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June & July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Dazzling densely crowded dome-shaped heads of star shaped apricot-pink coloured flowers top stiff upright stems in early and mid summer. It is perfect for adding vertical interest to a herbaceous borders and wilder style gardens and if dead-headed regularly it will carry on producing more flowers for quite a long period in summer.

  • 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.

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