Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Rose Campion Plant Profile


Rose Campion Plant Profile

Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria) is a favorite cottage garden perennial that has beautiful magenta flowers at the top of a tall stalk. The lower-leaves are a soft-textured, gray-green rosette mound that is attractive most of the year. Rose Campion also comes in a white-flowering version that is equally as lovely. 

It is short-lived and may not bloom during its first year. Rose Campion is hardy to USDA zones 4 through 8. It originates in the Mediterranean region and has naturalized to many other regions. It prefers dry, rocky hillsides in full sun, but can also grow well in normal garden conditions. It re-seeds itself prolifically unless you cut off the seedheads at the end of the growing season.

It is drought-tolerant and deer-resistant. The only maintenance needed is to cut back the finished flowers to encourage more flowering during the growing season.

Rose Campion is often mixed up with Lamb’s Ear (Stachys byzantina) as they both have fuzzy, silver foliage, but the flowers are very different. Lamb’s Ear normally has a tall spike of purple flowers that bloom in succession up the stalk.

Rose Campion: You Can Grow That!

The video was produced by Washington Gardener Magazine as part of our Plant Profile series for Mid-Atlantic USA gardeners.


Audio and text by Kathy Jentz

Video and editing by Jamie Oberg


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