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Herbaceous Perennial

Lychnis viscaria 'Splendens Plena' (d)
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German catchfly 'Splendens Plena'

'Splendens Plena' is a compact tufted perennial to 45cm in height, with sticky stems bearing narrow, dark green leaves, and double, bright magenta-pink flowers 2cm in width in narrow panicles in early and mid summer

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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
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Purple Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full shade
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Caryophyllaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Lychnis can be biennials or perennials, with simple leaves and tubular, salver-shaped or star-shaped flowers in terminal clusters

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist, fertile slightly acidic soil in sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by division or basal cuttings in early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Deadhead to prolong flowering then cut down in the autumn

Pests

May be attacked by aphids and slugs

Diseases

Generally disease free

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