Maltese Cross

Lychnis chalcedonica

An heirloom flower that has been grown in gardens since colonial times. Has lush green upright growth with dazzling scarlet flowers that form dense clusters on tall stems in the Summer. Place toward the back of a border as the flowers are held high and foliage tips can brown in the late Summer’s heat. Attracts butterflies and hummers, is deer resistant, and is a great cut flower! Deadhead to encourage flowering and then cut down in the Fall.

Water: Moderate, somewhat drought tolerant

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: Herbaceous perennial to 4' tall

Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: Acidic, sandy, well-draining soil

Origin: Eastern Europe and Western Asia

Additional Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Maltese Cross