January 28, 2020

A Rose Crown

Lychnis coronaria - Rose campion

Janine Pineo Photo | Lychnis coronaria – Rose campion

The copious blooms atop Lychnis coronaria’s long, silvery stems are its crowning glory. Rose campion is native to Europe and Asia and is a member of the carnation family. It is hardy to Zone 4 and can grow up to 3 feet in height. The usual shade for L. coronaria is a deep magenta, hence the rose in the common name.  There is a white variety, however, and other cultivars that include this unnamed one. It is an incredibly fuss-free plant, doing OK even in poor soils and dry conditions. Rose campion can, however, self-seed with a vengeance. If you like that in a plant, then you will be rewarded in short order. If you don’t, then deadhead the plant before the seed pods can mature and burst.