Lychnis chalcedonica
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Lychnis chalcedonica

Maltese cross

  Genus Lychnis 

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Genus  Lychnis Species  chalcedonica Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Maltese cross Family  CARYOPHYLLACEAE Specimen number  S11435 Data source  HtZn p138;Xeri p289
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' 6" - 2' 6" Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Moist to wet Optimal soil texture  Fertile Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-10b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 07-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Lychnis chalcedonica can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30 Fahrenheit. Maltese cross does very well with hot summer days. The best soil for this plant has a texture that is fertile. It needs soil that is moist to wet.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Lychnis chalcedonica is a perennial. Flowers: Maltese cross has saucer shaped flowers. The blossoms are most often a scarlet color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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