The Plant Company

Bringing your garden to life


01403 740100

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The Plant Company
Coolham Road
West Chiltington
West Sussex
RH20 2LH

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Opening times:
Tuesday-Friday, 9:00-17:30.
Closed public holidays.


The Plants

Lychnis chalcedonica

Maltese cross

Photo of Lychnis chalcedonica


A striking perennial wih vibrant, orange-scarlet flowers on stiff stems from June to July. An ideal, tall plant for a moist, well-drained, sunny border based on 'hot' colours.


  • Perennials

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Foliage: Deciduous

Hardiness: Hardy

Vigour: Fast growing


  • Beds and borders
  • Cottage style garden
  • Contemporary style garden

Special features

  • Attractive to wildlife
  • Low maintenance
  • Attractive to bees

Care instructions

Grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Cut back faded flowers after flowering to produce a second flush of flowers in late-summer. Tendency to self-seed. May require staking. Cut to the ground in autumn. May be divided in spring.


Size: Medium

Pot size: 2 litre

Eventual height: 90cm

Eventual spread: 60cm


  • Light shade
  • Sun

Soil types

  • Sandy
  • Normal

Soil pH ranges

  • Acid
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline

Special conditions

  • Coastal