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Maltese Cross in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Lychnis chalcedonica

 

Maltese Cross

Maltese Cross is a hardy perennial that has dense clusters of scarlet flowers on tall stems, each like a little Maltese Cross - hence the name - all through Summer. Likes moist soil at all times

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plant Features
  • Maltese Cross likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Maltese Cross likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Maltese Cross is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Maltese Cross likes free draining

    Free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Maltese Cross

Latin name

Lychnis chalcedonica

type

Herbaceous Perennials

family

Caryophyllaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Maltese Cross likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Maltese Cross is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Maltese Cross likes free draining

    Free draining

  • Water

    Maltese Cross likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Maltese Cross is 0.45meters x 0.90meters 0.45 M 0.90 M

Lychnis chalcedonica

Maltese Cross is a hardy perennial that has dense clusters of scarlet flowers on tall stems, each like a little Maltese Cross - hence the name - all through Summer. Likes moist soil at all times


Propagation by seed

From Late Autumn TO Early Winter

The seeds need a chilling period before they will germinate, so plant them in the autumn for spring germination. If you live in an area that typically has warm periods in autumn and winter, plant the seeds in winter, several weeks before the last expected frost date. The seeds need light to germinate, so press them onto the surface of the soil without covering them.

 

Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Growing rose campions is a snap if you choose the right location. The plants prefer full sun but tolerate partial shade, where they produce fewer blossoms.

 

Flowering

From Late Summer TO Late Summer

Lychnis flowers in late Summer

 
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