The showy orange-red flowers of orange campion brighten the garden from June to September. A short-lived, clump forming perennial, it is a hybrid derived from a cross between brilliant campion (Lychnis fulgens) and crown campion (Lychnis sieboldii). And though a hybrid it comes true from seed.
The tapered, slightly hairy leaves are medium green and ovate to lance-shaped. They occur at the plant base and in opposite pairs along the upright floral stems. From early to midsummer, stem tips become adorned with rounded but loose clusters of starry orange to orange-red blooms. Each flower has five slightly hairy petals, each split into a V-shape at the tips. Brownish seed capsules follow pollination and ripen by late summer. Seeds that fall to the ground may germinate that fall or the following spring.
Plant the orange campion in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Avoid heavy clay soils. Where summers are hot, plants may go dormant after flowering. Cut off spent flower stems to encourage a second round of flowering weeks later. Orange campion is a vibrant filler plant for the mixed border where hot bright color is needed.
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Genus - Lychnis
Species - x haageana
Variety - Molten Lava
Common name - Orange Campion
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 8
Height - 0,25 - 0,50 m
Spread - 0,25 - 0,30 m
Plant type - Perennial flower
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acid, neutral, alkaline
Soil type - Loam, sand, well-drained
Water requirements - Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Landscape uses - Bedding Plant, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
Bloom season - June - September
Leaf / Flower color - Bronze green / Orange
Sow seeds indoors early from January to April. It will bloom the first year.
To start indoors, sow on surface of moist and sterile soil.
Do not cover the seeds, as they need light to germinate.
Germination time - 20-30 days at +15-20C.
Transplant the seedlings when they are large enough to handle into 10cm pots.
Plant out in the garden in late spring or early summer.
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