Description: Hardy, early summer flowering biennial or short lived perennial Brilliant magenta, sometimes white, flowers; contrast with thick, fuzzy, gray-green foliage
Habit: Forms a basal rosette of foliage with branching flower stalks 12 to 24 inches high
Culture: Prefers full sun and light, well-drained, garden loam; re-seeds easily in the garden
Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 through 8
Origin: Southeastern Europe
Attributes: Deer resistant, drought tolerant
The species rose campion, also called Rose Campy, is a native of Europe. It was being cultivated in English gardens by the 17th century and in American gardens by the 1700s. Three color forms were listed in Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahons broadside catalog in 1804, including a bi-colored form called Painted Lady. Jefferson recorded Lychnis in bloom at his boyhood home, Shadwell, in 1767 and he received seed of Lychnis from McMahon in 1807.
Arrives in a 4 pot.