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Rose Campion

Genus: Lychnis.

Species: Lychnis coronaria.

This is a superb plant for a sunny border. A clump-forming perennial but often grown as a biennial as it is short lived but does seed itself. The silver woolly leaves are a pleasant backdrop to the bright magenta flowers which appear in late summer. It can tolerate most well-drained soils but produces the best leaf colour in dry soil. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Common Name: Rose campion
Genus: Lychnis
Species: coronaria
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun
Hardiness: Hardy
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Height: 80cm
Spread: 45cm
Time to plant seeds: March to May
Time to divide plants: March to May
Flowering period: August to September

Planted in sunny border by arch

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