The genus Lychnis is a dianthus relative that has been grown for hundreds of years in Asia and Europe. Many lychnis species have a sticky residue on the stem which has led to the common name "catchfly". Our offerings include some lesser known (at least in the US) lychnis species and hybrids. Some taxonomists have tried combining the genus Lychnis with Silene, but we're keeping them separate for now.
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In general, lychnis species prefer full sun and are tolerant of a wide range of soils but there are some exceptions. Many lychnis are also drought-tolerant and deer-resistant. A few lychnis species are short-lived perennials but replace themselves with copious numbers of seedlings. The flowers attract butterflies and come in a wide range of colors. Try combining lychnis with foliage plants such as agave and setcreasea or pair them with complementary flowering plants such as peony, clematis and salvia. Lychnis deserve a spot near the front of the border or in a rock garden?where you can rock-out to Queen's "We are the campions" as you enjoy them in flower. When you are ready to buy lychnis for your perennial garden, we hope you'll check out our online offering of lychnis for sale below.
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This amazing Chinese native from several provinces including Sichuan, has been cultivated in Japan and England for nearly 300 years. This particular clone is quite sterile, indicating either the need for a mate or the fact that it has already had too many. Lychnis coronata makes a tidy 1' tall x 1' wide mound of light green foliage topped, starting in late May, with 1" or wider light orange flowers that continue through most of the summer. This is a truly superb deer-resistant specimen for a part-sun spot in the garden...very tolerant of a variety of soil types, but propagation will drive you nearly insane...we're proof! Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Lychnis miqueliana 'Momobana' is a deer-resistant woodland perennial that hails from 5,000' elevation in the Japanese mountains of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. The upright stems of Lychnis miqueliana are clothed with small green leaves and topped with clusters of 1" fleshy-peach colored flowers from July-October...a time when very little is flowering in the woodland garden. Lychnis miqueliana 'Momobana' (translated as "pink flower") is unusual in color compared with typical vermilion flowers of this species. Lychnis miqueliana is best in open light shade or a couple of hours of sun in the morning. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
(aka: Silene x robotii) This one had us stumped as it was first introduced under the invalid name, Silene x robotii, only to later become a Lychnis flos-jovis. Since Lychnis flos-jovis normally has white-hairy foliage, we won't rule out a yet unnamed baby daddy. Despite one parent hailing from the central European Alps, this Gerardus Oudshoorn hybrid has thrived in our hot, humid summers. For us, the deer-resistant, drought-tolerant Lychnis 'Rolly's Favorite' forms a compact 10" tall x 18" wide basal rosette of fuzzy green leaves, covered from mid-March (NC) through summer with 15" stalks, ending in masses of 1" dark pink flowers...quite stunning! Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)