German Catchfly
Lychnis viscaria

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

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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.