Rose campion (Lychnis coronaria synonym Silene coronary) I grow this durable, drought tolerant, flowering perennial in my dry, rock garden bed where the flowers appear like colourful white and magenta dots in mid-summer. Perfect for a water-wise garden. Younger plants first appear as striking rosettes of soft-to-the-touch, dusty grey foliage that lengthens to produce loads of white or white and magenta flowers. There is some diversity here so you are likely to get both.
This is a short-loved perennial or biennial. While any one plant may only last a few years in your garden, there will be plenty of seedlings to keep things going for years to come. While they do self-seed readily, I have never had any trouble keeping this plant under control.
Special Notes: Zones 4-8. Sunny, drought tolerant flowering biennial/perennial. Will tolerate partial shade. Provides colour and soft texture to cottage and rock garden beds. Approximately 100-200 seeds.
Seed Starting and Growing: The easiest way to germinate this seed is to surface sow outdoors in fall or early spring to allow time for cold stratification. No fuss, no muss. While they may be started indoors in the spring and transplanted outside, it will require some extra preparation. Sow seed on the surface of moistened soil and press in without burying as they require light to germinate. Place planted up pots in the fridge or in a protected site outdoors where they can receive a chill period to encourage germination.
About You Grow Girl Seeds:
All of the seeds that I sell were lovingly homegrown, harvested, and processed by me, small scale, in my urban garden using organic methods only -- no chemicals or pesticides whatsoever. Tomato varieties are isolated to stay true using the flower bagging method and I test for germination quality. I take special care in choosing varieties that I find unusual, interesting and fabulous, and/or especially suitable for growing in small space gardens.