Ok, Baa and Wheezingreens, this is what we call Rose Campion (Lychinis coronaria)in the USA, it does have a dusty fuzzy leaf, but NOT what is called Dusty Miller (Artemisia stellarana) in the USA. I also have a white variety with a tiny bit of pink in it. What you have is NOT a balloon flower either. Now we know what it is not, just don't know what you have!!
Ok, I've switched over from my "ballon flower" thread, and I agree I was in error. I agree that my flower bares a "lychis" to red campion, so that's probably the closest I'll get until it comes back up and I can examine it.
Azalea: The rose campion you mentioned is the "occulata". I started some last year, thinking I was getting the deep rose variety, which I'm starting this year. The occulata has a leaf much like a lamb's ear when young, and I think the same is true of the other. Whatever the case, they are striking plants, as your photo examplifies.
Baa: You know I looked up everything but Milandrium, but I've made up my mind to get out of my nightgown, so it will just have to wait. I like to have pants on when I eat lunch! I just wanted to mention to you that we have good luck with lychnis up here. So far I've had success with both rose campions, maltese cross, and german catchfly. I have seed for a white maltese cross this year, as well. I started some seed a friend had given me last year, and it is a delightful little plant that looks like it is a lychnis of some sort. It looks like a tiny german catchfly. The plants are very small and throw up the same sort of stem as the german catchfly, but I don't remember checking to see if the stem was sticky. Does this ring a bell with you?
Azalea: As I wondered through cyberspace in my nightgown, I noticed that many of the silene and campion sites referred by Botany.com were in the UK...is that just a preference with the site, or are these popular plants over there? I find it interesting that we share common names for plants, but they aren't always the same plants! Using the Thompson & Morgan catalog as a wish book and a plant reference, I have begun to recognize both. Surely the rose campion warrants the name "Dusty Miller" as much as an artemisia. I guess that the latin names are our common language in the plant world.
I'll check with my friend for a picture of that little dwarf catchfly, since I'm sure I don't have one...WZ
Azalea, the Lychnis that's white with a little bit of pink is sold as 'Angel Blush' in several catalogues, and I've tried for years to get some started! (The regular rose one is everywhere in my yard.) Would you have any of the white/pink plants you'd want to trade for something?