Scarlet lightning (Maltese cross) - Lychnis chalcedonica.
An interesting and colorful mix!
Unpretentious and pleasing to the eye plant.
Erect leafy stems, up to 90 cm high, topped with large salmon-pink, fiery red, white inflorescences up to 10 cm in diameter. Blossoms in June-August. Used for group plantings in flower beds and lawns: a bright accent of a flower garden of perennials!
The plant is winter hardy. Prefers an open, sunny place, moist soils with an admixture of sand. Does not tolerate stagnant water. In one place it grows up to 6 years. Propagated by sowing seeds in April-July in open ground. At a soil temperature of + 18 ° C, seedlings appear in 18-24 days. The distance between plants is 30-40 cm.
Sowing to a permanent place. At an optimum temperature of + 18 ° C, seedlings appear in 18-24 days.
The culture is easy to care for, unpretentious, winter-hardy. Prefers open, sunny locations with well-drained soil. Watering is moderate, regular. In the fall, the stems are cut at the root. They grow in one place for 4-5 years.
Transfer May (3) -June (1).
Jan Brueghel Velvet.
Eng.: Maltese cross, scarlet lightning. Suom.: Palavarakkaus. Sven.: Studentnejlika, brinnande kärlek. Bot. syn.: Silene chalcedonica (L.) E.H.L.Krause.