Lychnis chalcedonica / Maltese Cross or Jerusalem Cross / Seeds

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Lychnis chalcedonica / Maltese Cross or Jerusalem Cross / Seeds

Maltese Cross is a great border plant and cut flower.  Plants grow to a height of about 1m with strong stems of fiery red flowers from June to August.  They attract bees and butterflies into the garden.  Has an RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Lychnis chalcedonica grows best in full sun to part shade and moist soil, in a relatively sheltered position.  Stake the plants in more exposed gardens.  They are very hardy plants, able to withstand cold winters.

Pack of approx 1000 seeds.  Sow in spring and early summer.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.


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Hardiness Hardy deciduous perennial (RHS Hardiness H7)
Flowers June to August
Height 80 - 100cm
Spread 30 - 50cm
Conditions  Sun to part shade and moist soil
Sow Sow in spring to early summer.  Sow in a tray of moist compost, with a light covering of compost.   Keep at 15-20C and germination takes 2-3 weeks.  Transplant seedlings into pots when they are big enough to handle, and out into the garden during frost free conditions.  Protect young plants from slugs.
Grow Deadhead to prolong flowering, then cut back the plants in autumn once they have finished flowering and start to die back.   Mature plants can be divided in spring and basal cuttings take well in spring.