Lychnis coronaria occulata
The pink-eyed white-flowered form of the woolly, grey-leaved Lychnis coronaria comes quite true from seed but the pink eye varies quite bizarrely with the season and weather conditions. A lovely long-lived cottage garden plant. The color of the flower is almost fluorescent, but the silvery grey foliage lends a nice contrast as an accent plant in perennial gardens.Angel's Blush offers ivory flowers with a deep pink eye. Also known as Maltese Cross or Jerusalem Cross, is easily established by sowing Lychnis seeds. Maltese Cross Lychnis Chalcedonica is an heirloom flower that has been grown in American gardens since Colonial times. Hummingbirds cannot leave the blooms alone. Very popular for cottage gardens as well as for cuttings. Maltese Cross Lychnis Coronaria is an heirloom flower that has been grown in American gardens since Colonial times. A tough easy to grow bi-annual that will grow to 18-35 inches. A perennial that reseeds itself. Plants are short lived however they self-sow dramatically, so be prepared. Some would consider these plants to be invasive exotic plants, because they can self-sow so well. Remove most spent flowers so less seed is distributed in your garden. Prefers afternoon shade in hot climates.This will really attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Hardy in United States Department of Agriculture Zones 4 through 8.
|How To Grow Maltese Cross - Lychnis from Seeds|
Sow Lychnis seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before the last frost is expected
Sow Maltese cross seeds indoors in seed-starting containers filled with well-drained starter soil. Press the seeds into the soil without actually covering them. Water the seeds regularly so they stay moist. They should germinate three to four weeks after planting.
Place the containers in a well-lit room. If necessary, use a heating germination mat to keep the containers at about 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some gardeners will cover with plastic wrap to keep humidity high.
Transplant the seedlings outdoors after all danger of frost has passed, spacing the plants 12 to 18 inches apart in full sun to partial shade. Maltese cross prefers well-drained clay, loam or sandy soil with a neutral pH level.outdoors after danger of frost and when seedlings are 2 inches tall.
Water thoroughly after planting outdoors to settle the soil. Maltese cross is drought-tolerant, so after the initial watering, provide a deep, slow watering only when the plants begin to wilt.
Deadhead spent blooms to prolong blooming season. Red Maltese Cross flowers may bloom the first year from flower seed if started early indoors.
Cover the ground around the flowers with 1 to 3 inches of bark mulch, taking care not to pile the mulch too close to the stems.
Lychnis care includes watering deeply throughout the growing season, mulching around the base to keep the roots cool, and deadheading spent blooms to prolong the blooming season