Lychnis viscaria 'Purpurea'
20 - 30 cm
well drained, gritty
acid - neutral
fairly hardy, can be short lived
the species is native Eurasia
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 sharp drainage.