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Maltese Cross, Jerusalem cross
Scientific Name: Lychnis chalcedonica L.
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Maltese Cross, Jerusalem cross (Lychnis  chalcedonica)
Lychnis chalcedonica, Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 69. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-9,11-24,31-43
USDA: 3-10

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Russia and Siberia

Growth Habits: Herbaceous perennial, 2 to 3 feet tall (60-90 cm), 16 inches spread (40 cm)

Watering Needs: Keep soil moist, needs good drainage

Propagation: Division in spring or fall, or seeds, self seeds if the conditions are right. Double flowered varieties are propagated by division.

Attracts butterflies.

Lychnis chalcedonica in Curtis Botanical Magazine

Blooming Habits:
Bright scarlet orange-red flowers, each with 4 petals in the shape of a cross, in dense terminal heads, 3 to 4 inches in diameter (7-10 cm). They come on a 4 foot long stalk. Some varieties have pink, white and double flowers. Remove spent flowers to axtend the blooming period.

Fruiting Habits:

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