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Lychnis chalcedonica

Lychnis chalcedonica L.

 

Scarlet Lychnis, Burning Love, Dusky Salmon, Flower of Bristol, Jerusalem Cross, Maltese Cross, Nonesuch

ParentsUnknownGenus is not in the current taxonomy
GenusLychnisGreek for “lamp”
Specieschalcedonica“Of Calcedon,” an old city in Turkey

About plant names...

Scarlet lychnis is native to central and eastern Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and northwestern China. They are popular as garden plants in North America, and often escape cultivation.

Identification: Plants are 14-39" (35-100 cm) in height, rarely branching, with hairy stems. Leaves are opposite, ovate to broadly lanceolate, ¾-4½" (2-12 cm) × ⅜-1¾" (1-5 cm). Flowers are in dense umbels of 10-50, blooming June to August, depending upon climate. Each flower is brilliant red or red-orange, ½-¾" (1.5-2 cm) across, split into five heart-shaped lobes, each of which is again split into a Y-shape, forming a sort of pentagonal Maltese cross.

Online References:

Lychnis chalcedonica at the Plants of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

Lychnis chalcedonica on Discover Life

Lychnis chalcedonica on gobotany.newenglandwild.org

Lychnis chalcedonica on eFloras

Lychnis chalcedonica on eFloras

References:

Clemants, Steven; Gracie, Carol, Wildflowers in the Field and Forest, Oxford University Press, 2006, p. 108

Lychnis chalcedonica (Scarlet Lychnis, Burning Love, Dusky Salmon, Flower of Bristol, Jerusalem Cross, Maltese Cross, Nonesuch)

7/14/2012 · Gordon and Kathy’s, Prospect, ME
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Lychnis chalcedonica (Scarlet Lychnis, Burning Love, Dusky Salmon, Flower of Bristol, Jerusalem Cross, Maltese Cross, Nonesuch)

7/14/2012 · Gordon and Kathy’s, Prospect, ME
≈ 6 × 9" (14 × 22 cm)

Lychnis chalcedonica description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 18 Oct 2013.

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Lychnis chalcedonica (Scarlet Lychnis, Burning Love, Dusky Salmon, Flower of Bristol, Jerusalem Cross, Maltese Cross, Nonesuch)

7/14/2012 · Gordon and Kathy’s, Prospect, ME
≈ 6 × 7" (14 × 17 cm)

Lychnis chalcedonica (Scarlet Lychnis, Burning Love, Dusky Salmon, Flower of Bristol, Jerusalem Cross, Maltese Cross, Nonesuch)

7/14/2012 · Gordon and Kathy’s, Prospect, ME
≈ 6 × 9" (15 × 23 cm)

Range: Zones 6-8:

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