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Viscaria alpina

alpine catchfly

A dwarf, tufted perennial to 15cm high with oblong to lance-shaped dark green leaves and dense, rounded, terminal clusters of purple-pink flowers in late spring to early summer

Other common names
alpine catchfly
rock lychnis
Synonyms
Lychnis alpina 'Serpenticola'
Lychnis alpina var. serpentinicola
see moreLychnis alpina subsp. americana
Lychnis alpina
Silene suecica
Viscaria alpina subsp. americana

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Green
Summer Pink Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Caryophyllaceae
Native to the UK
Yes
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Tufted
Genus

A genus of low-growing flowering plants with thin, ovate green foliage and clusters of pretty pink, white or purple flowers on sticky, upright stems. A deep taproot makes this a genus which can survive drought conditions

Name status

Correct

How to grow

Cultivation

Well suited for rock gardens and troughs. Plant in moderately fertile, well drain soil in full sun or light shade. May be short-lived, but will often self-seed

Propagation

Propagate by seed. Sow as soon as ripe or in winter-spring. Seeds benefit from exposure to cold to break their dormancy

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Rock garden
Pruning

Deadhead to promote further flowering. Cut back in the autumn

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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