There may be no perennial more attractive to hummingbirds than Maltese cross, with its globular clusters of scarlet flowers atop tall, unbranched, hairy stems. A perennial native to European Russia, it has an upright, clumping habit with medium green, oval hairy leaves that form a basal rosette and also clasp the flower stems.
In early to midsummer, the stems are topped by domed clusters of five-petaled colourful flowers. Each petal is deeply lobed, almost V-shaped. Both butterflies and hummingbirds will pay visits. Seeds, which are readily produced and scattered, gather in bronze-brown pods.
Grow Maltese cross in full sun to partial shade in average, well-drained garden soil. Excessive shade promotes leggy stems that may call for staking. This plant will reseed itself across the garden, and some gardeners treat it as an easy-to-grow annual. Perfect for the cottage garden or mixed border, the vivid flowers look particularly showy when positioned near silver-foliaged plants and when growing in massive sweeps. After flowering, cut back plants severely to coax a second flush of bloom weeks later.
Information source: http://www.learn2grow.com/plants/lychnis-chalcedonica/.
Approximately 200 seeds in 0.2g packet.
Genus - Lychnis
Species - Chalcedonica
Variety - mix
Common name - Jerusalem Cross
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 10
Height - 0,60 - 1,20 m
Spread - 0,30 m
Plant type - Perennial, fragrant
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, laom, Sand, well drained
Water requirements - Average water needs. Water regularly, no overwatering
Landscape uses - Attracts butterflies, border, cut flower
Bloom season - June - August
Leaf / Flower color - Deep Green / mix
Sow indoors from April to may or directly into soil after last frosts till end of June.
Sow on surface of moist soil. Press seeds lightly into the soil. Cover with clear plastic or glass only.
Ideal temperature for germination - +20C.
Germination time - 10-20 days.
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