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PlantFiles: German Catchfly
Lychnis viscaria

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Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lychnis (LIK-niss) (Info)
Species: viscaria (vis-KAR-ee-uh) (Info)

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:
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Profile:

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive jenny1979 On Aug 23, 2009, jenny1979 from Kimmell, IN wrote:

I love this plant for its long lasting bright pink blooms in the spring. The foliage is nice and stays attractive throughout the summer in zone 5b. It also makes a nice cut flower although true to its name the stems are sticky and do catch flies.

Neutral poppysue On Jan 3, 2002, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

German catchfly produces basal rosettes of 5-inch, slender leaves. In late spring clusters of magenta 1-inch flowers are are held above on foot tall stems. Prefers an average well-drained soil in full sun. It's quite tolerent of dry conditions but will perform best with adaquate moisture.

Regional...

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

Seward, Alaska
Monroe, Georgia
Kimmell, Indiana
Baldwin City, Kansas
Lexington, Massachusetts
East Tawas, Michigan
Eveleth, Minnesota
Florence, Mississippi
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
High Point, North Carolina
Huntington, West Virginia



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