Lychnis - Maltese Cross (Seeds)
Large showy umbels of brilliant scarlet red flowers sit high above the foliage from May through August. Rich green foliage is very fine, almost hair-like in appearance making an interesting contrast with the flowers. Maltese Cross is very popular for borders and cut-flowers. Grows quite well in dry, sandy soils. Hardy to Zone 3.
How to Grow
1650 seeds/gram. Blooms the first year from early March sowing started indoors. Germinates at 20 C (70 F) in 28 days. Do not cover seed as they respond to light for improved germination. Chill seed for 2-3 weeks at 5 C (40 F) prior to planting. Late fall sowing directly outdoors is also very effective as this allows the seed to be naturally stratified over the winter.