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Silene coronaria 'Hutchinson's Cream'

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Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Silene (sy-LEE-nee) (Info)
Species: coronaria (kor-oh-NAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Hutchinson's Cream

Synonym:Agrostemma coronaria
Synonym:Lychnis coronaria

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
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:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Evergreen
Variegated
Silver/Gray
Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
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

Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive bigred On Dec 8, 2009, bigred from Ashdown, AR (Zone 8a) wrote:

Seeds germinated well w/ variegation showing up as plant matures. Only few remained all green.Some plants have very stuble variegation to start with while others are heavier variegated. Cold weather improves variegation.

Neutral M_Bond On Nov 9, 2003, M_Bond from Belmont, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This Lychnis coronaria has very unusual variegated foliage, accompanied by white flowers rather than the usual magenta. I purchased the seeds in England from Secret Seeds, but they also have a wonderful web site of all types of rare seeds and they do ship to the US.

Update: Unfortunately, the seeds I received all germinated into non-variegated plants with white flowers. Nice, but not what I was looking for! Perhaps other seed sources have the variegated variety.

Regional...

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

Ashdown, Arkansas
Redwood City, California



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