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Lychnis Chalcedonica - Maltese Cross

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lychnis maltese cross flowers

Lychnis Chalcedonica – Maltese Cross     bee & butterfly graphic

Approximate Seed Quantity: 70 

A classic cottage garden herbaceous border perennial. Clusters of brilliant scarlet flowers are held up all summer. You can cut back after the first flowering to encourage a second burst of colour. This easy to grow plant is also known as Maltese Cross or Jerusalem Cross. It is very hardy and will thrive in most conditions. Reaching anywhere between 45-90cm it is a favourite for the bees and the butterflies. Hardy Perennial. Download sowing guide 

  • Sow undercover early spring to middle of July, if sown very late they will probably flower the next year. They will survive all but the harshest of winters
  • Planting depth: 3mm
  • Optimum temperature: Min 15°C
  • Prick out when large enough to handle
  • Harden off and plant out after all danger of frost has passed
  • Light: Full sun or partial shade