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Florence, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 19, 2001
10:23 PM

Post #8830

Anyone know what this is? It has pretty pink flowers with fuzzy light green foliage reminiscent of lambs ears. It is a perennial.

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Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

July 19, 2001
10:30 PM

Post #96819

I'm pretty sure its a maltese cross "lychnis coronaria" Don't you love the contrast?
Troy, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 19, 2001
10:47 PM

Post #96827

I agree and there is also a white form.
Toadsuck, TX
(Zone 7a)

July 19, 2001
11:58 PM

Post #96850

That would be magnificent in a container with other rock garden varieties, very pretty!


(Zone 9a)

July 20, 2001
12:11 AM

Post #96854

Hi Karen7,
Well it is definately 'Lychnis coronaria', common name 'Rose Campion'as seen at the first link below, but the botanical name for the 'Maltese Cross' variety is actually 'Lychnis chalcedonica' (as shown at the second link)
Florence, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2001
1:55 AM

Post #96882

Thanks guys! That looks exactly like what it is. I also have maltese cross (lychnis chalcedonica) and it doesn't look like that at all - wouldn't have guessed the same family but definitely looks like lycnis coronaria and I new it also came in white although I don't have the white variety. Have plenty of seeds of the pink if anyone is interested.
Florence, AL
(Zone 7a)

July 22, 2001
1:29 AM

Post #98039

There's also a variety called "Angel Blush" that's white with a soft-pink center. I have the rose one and have been trying for years to get some of the white and the blush growing with them, to no avail. Burbee's Seed was offering a mix they called Diamonds and Rubies that had white and TWO shades of the rose-pink!
Fall River, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 24, 2001
4:09 PM

Post #99420

this stuff will self-seed like crazy! it appeared in my garden one year and for several years i just left it alone and let it go, getting more and more each year. it is such a great color combination.
lagrange, GA
(Zone 7a)

July 24, 2001
4:48 PM

Post #99448

Great to know. I received some rose campion in a trade with Sdoglover and didn't know any thing about it. Hope it makes it through this Ga. heat we're having now. Does the leaves of the rose campion remind anyone of lamb's ear? Similar. Jim
Troy, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 24, 2001
9:47 PM

Post #99640

Jim nearly all grey leaved plants like the heat so you should be OK :-)


Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)

July 25, 2001
12:16 AM

Post #99774

Jim, yes they do remind me of lamb's ear, although my Lychnis/Rose Campion leaves are "crinklier" than my Stachys byzantina (the fuzzy kind of lamb's ear...) One thing I've noticed about the Lychnis is that they don't mind the heat, but they are susceptible to rot (learned that the hard way.) So make sure they're in a well-drained spot and they should do just fine, and bloom for you next spring.

BTW, if anyone has the Burpee mix Judith referred to above, I'd love to work up a seed or plant trade to get some of the white and different rose colors...

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