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Family: CaryophyllaceaeMain Season: SummerFlower Colour: RedLeaf Colour: GreenFoliage: DeciduousPosition: Light/Part ShadeSoil Type: Ordinary, medium loamHeight: 90cm to 1.2m (3' to 4')Peat Free? YesHardiness Guide: RHS H7 minimum at least -20CPot Size: 1.4L
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Maltese Cross. Brilliant, eye-searing, orange red flowers in domed heads in summer. An excellent addition to "hot" borders but keep it away from pastel pink flowers! Sun, 1m.
Compact clumps send up fairly upright stems (arching later in the season) from early summer into autumn if deadheaded. Easy to grow in most soils but better if not too dry, unusually for such a bright flower it tolerates some shade quite well.
From eastern Europe/Russia into Asia.
More common names than I care to list here show how long Silene chalcedonica has been cultivated as an ornamental plant.
Formerly Lychnis chalcedonica.
Silene chalcedonica 'Salmonea'£6.50
Clumps of fresh green leaves send up strong, upright stems to 1.2m topped with large, domed heads of creamy salmon flowers - best seen! Hardy perennial for ordinary soil in sun or light shade.
Silene coronaria wild form£4.50
Brilliant reddish magenta flowers on this form from Graham Gough. Silvery grey foliage and strong flower stems to 90cm. Self seeds in dry soil in full sun.
Clumps of strong stems topped with masses of white Campions with frilly edges in spring. Good seed heads. Part shade, average soil. 80cm.