Common name: Campion, ragged robin, lamp flower, mountain pink
Producing dainty summer flowers in shades of pink, purple, red or white, these easy-to-grow perennials come in various sizes and forms, ideal for a range of locations, including borders, rock gardens and wildflower meadows.
Lychnis vary widely in looks, from low-growing mats to tall, branching forms. The flowers come in many different styles too – held in clusters or singly, some simple, others double or ragged edged, in shades of purple, pink, red or white. The leaves may be green or silvery-grey.
Did you know?
Lychnis coronaria, with its vivid pink or white flowers and silvery-grey leaves and stems, is probably the most widely grown lychnis and is easily raised from seed. Only three species are native to the UK: Lychnis viscaria (sticky catchfly) and L. alpina are rare, but ragged robin (L. flos-cuculi) grows widely in damp meadows and marshes, so is an ideal choice for moist wildflower gardens.
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