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Lychnis (German Catchfly)
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Including Lychnis coronaria ‘Alba’, Lychnis viscaria ‘Feuer’, and Lychnis viscaria ‘Schnee’

Lychnis

German Catchfly

A relative of Dianthus, the genus name of this low maintenance, easy-to-grow perennial comes from the Greek word lychos, meaning “lamp,” and it is clearly an attempt to describe the light that comes from the splendid-for-cutting flower clusters that can brighten any garden space.

Narrow, almost grasslike, green and often evergreen leaves form neat rosettes, while sticky stems earn the strange common name of “Catchfly.” Tolerant of poor soil and dry conditions, Lychnis captures plenty of attention when placed front and center along a pathway, in a crevice or atop a wall.

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Lychnis coronaria ‘Alba’  full sun
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Lychnis coronaria Alba

Soft as flannel, silver washed and wooly, the short petioled gray-green foliage crafts a stylish basal rosette that persists through the winter and beckons a touch each time we pass by. Wide branching stems clad in paired leaves wave quantities of solitary, 1 to 2 in. wheel-shaped blooms illuminated in pure white hues. Never fretting about poor dry soils and sometimes short-lived but readily reseeding, this composed southeast european native can be massed in the border for a superb pearly-hued punch with Phlox ‘David’s Lavender’ or slipped into the rockery.

Blooms July – September.

Size: 2' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Lychnis coronaria ‘Alba’ (P-1461)
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Lychnis viscaria ‘Feuer’  full sun
Lychnis viscaria Feuer

Bearing profuse clusters of fiery red, five-petaled blooms, this Lychnis species is splendid indeed. The vitality of the smouldering flowers against the tufts of cool green foliage offers an encore as other spring blossoms begin to fade.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 20" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Lychnis viscaria ‘Feuer’ (P-1217)
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Lychnis viscaria ‘Schnee’  full sun

Tidy grassy hummocks furnish an illuminated display of pure white flowers gathered in copious, nearly whorled, rounded heads on strong stems. For a refreshing small-scale vignette, pair these quintessential hues with Dianthus ‘Mendlesham Maid’ and Dracocephalum ‘Fuji White’.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 20" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Lychnis viscaria ‘Schnee’ (P-1218)
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