More Information About Lychnis
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.
Tips for Growing Lychnis (Campion)
In general, lychnis species prefer full sun and are tolerant of a wide range of soils but there are some exceptions. Many species are also drought-tolerant and deer resistant plants. A few species are short-lived perennials but replace themselves with copious numbers of seedlings.
Using Lychnis in the Garden
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.