Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) 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) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Pollen may cause allergic reaction
Bloom Color: Pale Pink White/Near White
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Foliage: Silver/Gray Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
On May 6, 2008, Susan_C from Alameda, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
An easy care long-bloomer with beautiful flowers and foliage. Mine is growing in part sun and evenly moist good soil. It is eversilver in this climate, so adds interest to the border even in the winter. Super easy to start from seed.
On May 26, 2005, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
Atlanta - I planted two rose campions - about quart size pots, see this year's photo - a year ago and they are huge! I will need to divide and replant this fall. My magenta campions are not so thick. Full sun in Atlanta bleaches the flowers (of the rose variety) out to more white than pink. Very pretty flower, blooms a long time and the foliage is a nice contrasting color when not in bloom.
If you don't divide campions, they will rot and die. At least this is true for mine! Also, when they finish blooming, you can cut the flower stalk back and take pieces of it - cut a couple of inches below each leaf pair (on the stalk) and just stick it directly the ground for more plants. Each stalk will give you 3 or 4 cuttings, but you want the stiffer pieces.
Added July 8, 2005: see the pix I just added. This is from above described leaf cutting. Look at the new center growth. I put the cuttings in a more shaded place for the "nursery" and will move them in the fall. This plant will bloom next spring.
On Nov 9, 2002, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:
This is an easy plant and very tolerent of poor soils. It seems to thrive in my hot, sun-baked clay out front. The larger plants die out but the seedlings are so abundant there's always plenty to take their place.
The amount of "blush" on the blooms can vary. In hot dry weather it's very pale to completely white. Under ideal conditions the pink is darker and will fade as the bloom ages.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Alameda, California Belmont, California Citrus Heights, California Davenport, Iowa Brookeville, Maryland Woburn, Massachusetts Marietta, Mississippi Mathiston, Mississippi Wallkill, New York Cincinnati, Ohio Chamberlayne, Virginia Kalama, Washington