Flower of Jove
July - August
well drained, gritty, moderately fertile
acid - neutral - alkaline
sensitive to winter wet
Lychnis is a small genus in the Caryophyllaceae family, native to Eurasia and N-Africa. It is closely related to the genus Silene, one of the differentiating characteristics being that species in the Lychnis genus have sticky flower stalks. The flowers are fairly large and often in bright shades of red or pink.
Division in spring.
Seed - sown January - March.
Seed just covered and stored at 20°C (68°F) until germination.
Needs a sunny spot and well drained soil. Sensitive to winter wet.