Grown by Wild Rose Farm in Gilbert’s Cove, NS.
6005-LO Lychnis chalcedonica
“Maltese” and “Jerusalem Cross” both refer to the arrangement of the petals into the shape of the cross adopted by the Knights of Malta or the Knights Hospitallers, a religious order founded about the time of the first Crusade (1096-1099). This plant originates in Russia, but has been widely cultivated around the world, naturalizing in many places including North America. A garden favourite in Europe since the mid-16th century. A large, clump forming perennial with dark green leaves and clusters of 10-50 little scarlet flowers atop hairy stems 2-3’ tall. Blooms from June to August, prefers full sun to part shade, not fussy about soil. Requires adequate moisture or will brown prematurely.