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PlantFiles: Alpine Catchfly
Lychnis alpina

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Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lychnis (LIK-niss) (Info)
Species: alpina (AL-pin-a) (Info)

Synonym:Viscaria alpina
Synonym:Agrostemma alpina
Synonym:Lychnis fulgida
Synonym:Lychnis helvetica
Synonym:Lychnis suecica

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Alpines and Rock Gardens

Height:
under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Rose/Mauve

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive jhyshark On Jun 22, 2004, jhyshark from Scottville, MI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I loved this beautiful plant for its bright blossom and then the very interesting seed pods, but alas, it only survived for 2 years. It would be great to get another one, and learn how to keep it happy, although it might be a tad cold where I am. The maps say I'm in zone 5, but the plants say zone 4. (zip code 49454)

Positive meisterdon1 On Aug 12, 2003, meisterdon1 wrote:

This very beautiful flower appeared where a wildflower mixture was sown in my Saskatchewan garden. The seed pods formed as small upright open-topped gourds shaped much like a cow cockle seed pod. When the seeds were shiny black and loose in the pods I simply turned each pod upside down in a small plastic bag and shook it, letting the seed fall in to the bag. The plant yielded almost a tablespoon full of seed!

Now the trick will be to discover what germination regime works best for this plant.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Seward, Alaska
Parker, Colorado
Leesburg, Virginia
Kalama, Washington



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