lychnis chalcedonica (maltese cross, jerusalem cross, scarlet lightning)

Size: 1 gallon
  • AKA silene chalcedonica
  • scarlet-red flowers form dense, terminal clusters
  • opposite, lanceolate, mid-green leaves
  • bloom time: july to august
  • cross-shaped flowers with deeply lobed petals resemble a Maltese cross
  • zone 4
  • height 60-75cm
  • spread 40-50cm 
  • colour scarlet
  • an excellent cut flower that may need staking
  • reliable and long-lived clumps that can be easily divided in the spring or fall and add bold colour for the back border
  • full sun
  • attracts butterflies
  • attracts hummingbirds
  • deer resistant
  • (image courtesy of NVK nurseries, NVK holdings inc.)