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Lychnis coronaria 'Alba' in an informal setting near the herb garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia. Used in goodly numbers this old cultivar provides a unique and wonderful look. There are very few silver-foliage plants with abundant white flowers and this one of the very best choices for that effect. The secret is using many of them and not just a single plant or three like most borders. The eye will naturally follow the white and silver in whatever direction you wish. Even the bloom is over the foliage remains of interest. They can be cut back for a repeat show of smaller proportions.

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Lychnis alpina 'Alba'
fc: white

Lychnis alpina 'Rosea'
fc: medium rose pink

Lychnis x arkwrightii 'Orange Gnome'
ht: 8 in.
fc: orange red
lc: dark bronzy green
lu: functions like a dwarfer 'Vesuvius'

Lychnis x arkwrightii 'Vesuvius'
ht: 15-18 in.
fc: bright orange-scarlet to scarlet red flowers - suggestive of molten lava
fd: to 2 in. - larger than L. chalcedonica
bt: may bloom all summer when its happy.
lc: dark bronzy green. Leaves can appear brown or maroon from a distance.
prop: it is sold in seed form (by T&M and Parks among others) so no doubt it will vary now.

Lychnis chalcedonica 'Alba'
fc: near white
lu: generally not impressive unless planted with species or one of its bright red variants
lu: for some contrast. Art Buckley (Canadian Garden Perennials) says "not very popular".

Lychnis chalcedonica 'Alba Plena'
fc: white
ft: double
or: G.S. Thomas states this was known since 1772

Lychnis chalcedonica 'Awesome Apricot'
fc: salmon
Glasshouse Works

Lychnis chalcedonica 'Day and Night' (6/01)
ht: 40-60cm
fc: fiery red
fd: 1-2cm
lc: green with white variegation (marginal?)
or: Tolf Offenthal 1992 as seedling
in: originator 1994
li: Sieber, J. 1995. New registered cultivars of hardy perennials. ISU. 99.

Lychnis chalcedonica 'Floreoplena'
ft: double
fc: typical scarlet red of species, some ray a touch more red.

Lychnis chalcedonica 'Grandiflora'
fd: larger than species typical
fc: brighter shade of red

Lychnis chalcedonica 'Rauhreif'
source (Willow Pond Nursery)

Lychnis chalcedonica 'Rauhreig'
ht: upright
lc: white
ft: denser inflor. than 'Alba'
ns: almost certainly the same as 'Rauhreif' listed above. Not sure which is correct.

Lychnis chalcedonica 'Rubra Plena'
fc: red
ft: double
ns: 'Floreoplena' is red also so perhaps this name merely contrasts with 'Alba Plena' and
ns: is a not a distinct entity (?).

Lychnis chalcedonica 'Red Tiger'
fc: bright scarlet red

Lychnis chalcedonica 'Rosea'
fc: rose pink

Lychnis chalcedonica 'Salmon Queen' = 'Salmonea'

Lychnis chalcedonica 'Salmonea' ('Salmon Queen')
fc: salmon pink

Lychnis cognata 'Chinese Delight' = see L. fulgens cv.

Lychnis coronaria 'Alba'
fc: white

Lychnis coronaria 'Angel Blush'
fc: white tinged (or blushed) pink
fd: larger than species typical

Lychnis coronaria 'Atrosanguinea'
fc: dark carmine pink to magenta - not a blood red as the Latin name usually suggests
fd: 1.5 in.
lc: lighter grey green from greater pubescence
Carroll Gardens

Lychnis coronaria 'Blood Red'
fc: dark red
bt: earlier than species typical

Lychnis coronaria 'Cerise'
fc: "vibrant violet/carmine...appearing almost luminous" (Thompson & Morgan 1998 Cat: 118)

Lychnis coronaria 'Dancing Ladies' = L. 'Dancing Ladies'

Lychnis coronaria 'Flore Pleno'
ft: full double

Lychnis coronaria 'Gardeners World'
ht: 80cm
fc: carmine pink
fd: 3.5cm
ft: double
eval: said to replace 'Atrosanguinea'
or: Mrs. Christine Stott 1990
in: originator 1994
li: Sieber, J. 1995. New registered cultivars of hardy perennials. ISU. 99.
source (Sollya)

Lychnis coronaria 'Hutchison's Cream'
source (Sollya)

Lychnis coronaria 'Occulata'
fc: white with reddish pink, cerise, or light pink eye. Varies with seedlings

Lychnis 'Dancing Ladies' (+)
ht: 2.0-2.5 ft.
lc: silver
fc: white to blush pink to magenta pink ('violet carmine') and some
fc: with a contrasting eye color. They state the eye may not be seen in warm weather.
ns: species affinity of L. occulata as stated is dubious - is perhaps just the L. coronaria clone 'Occulata'.
ns: Some now list it was L. coronaria as a result.
in: Thompson & Morgan 1994
so: Thompson & Morgan 908-363-2225

Lychnis flos-cuculi 'Alba'
fc: white
ft: single

Lychnis flos-cuculi 'Alba Plena'
fc: white
ft: double

Lychnis flos-cuculi 'Dwarf'
ht: 6 in.
ha: dwarf, tight mound
fc: red
or: Jack Drake of Scotland
Arrowhead Alpines

Lychnis flos-cuculi 'Jenny' (5/3)
ht: 75cm
fc: light lavender, center whitish
ft: double
in: Blooms (UK) c. 2002

Lychnis flos-cuculi 'Rosea Plena'
fc: pink
ft: double

Lychnis flos-jovis 'Alba'
fc: white

Lychnis flos-jovis 'Hort' ('Hort's Variety')
ha: compact
fc: rose pink
eval: replace the species for many years. L x walkeri 'Abbotswood Rose' is perhaps even better.

Lychnis flos-jovis 'Minor' ('Nana')
ht: 25cm - shorter
fc: red

Lychnis flos-jovis 'Nana' = 'Minor'

Lychnis flos-jovis 'Peggy'
ht: 10 in. - half species size
fc: bright rose pink to rose red
eval: improved over the old 'Minor' ('Nana') type
Arrowhead Alpines

Lychnis fulgens 'Chinese Delight'

Lychnis x haageana 'Molten Lava'
ht: 12-18 in.
fc: reddish orange
fd: larger than typical of hybrid
Arrowhead Alpines

Lychnis 'Terrys Pink'
fc: pink
or: Jelitto Seeds of Germany
Arrowhead Alpines

Lychnis 'Passion' (10/01)
fc: magenta
ft: flowers large, crepe-like in texture
photo, source:
Plant Growers Australia

Lychnis viscaria 'Alba'
fc: white

Lychnis viscaria 'Alpina'
ht: 4 in. - much shorter
fc: bright rose pink
Carroll Gardens

Lychnis viscaria subsp. atropurpurea ('Atropururea')
fc: deep purple
geo: Balkans
ns: this color variant is considered to have a geographic locus in the wild
ns: and may considered a botanical entity rather than a horticultural one.

Lychnis viscaria 'Atropurpurea Kugelblitz' = 'Kugelblitz'
fc: white

Lychnis viscaria 'Ball of Lightning' = 'Kugelblitz'
ns: one can use this translation but somehow the German name seems more appealing.

Lychnis viscaria 'Dwarf Fireball'
ht: 30 cm - dwarf
fc: bright red

Lychnis viscaria 'Fever'
source (We-Du Nurseries)

Lychnis viscaria 'Fireball' = 'Splendens Plena'

Lychnis viscaria 'Flore Pleno' = 'Splendens Plena'

Lychnis viscaria 'Fontaine'
fc: light red
ft: double
fd: larger than species typical

Lychnis viscaria 'Kugelblitz'
fc: dark carmine pink to near red
Carroll Gardens

Lychnis viscaria 'Nana'
ha: dwarf

Lychnis viscaria 'Splendens'
fc: bright magenta pink
ft: single - unlike its very popular 'Splendens Plena' clone.
ns: this name has been applied to the double form but that is correctly 'Splendens Plena'.

Lychnis viscaria 'Splendens Dwarf Fireball' = 'Dwarf Fireball'

Lychnis viscaria 'Splendens Plena' ('Floreoplena', 'Double' etc.)
ht: 12-18 in.
fc: bright magenta pink or as most growers say "bright rose red"
ft: double, frilly margins
ft: to 1 in. wide
lc: darker green
lu: 'Dwarf Fireball' is smaller
Carroll Gardens

Lychnis viscaria 'Splendens Snow' = 'Snow'
ns: this combination of Latin and English is not valid

Lychnis viscaria 'Snow' ('Splendens Snow')
fc: white

Lychnis viscaria 'Thurnau'
ht: 12 in.
fc: brighter but dark carmine red
Kurt Bluemel

Lychnis viscaria 'Zulu'
ht: 60cm
st: dark red, showy
fc: bright but dark red
Carroll Gardens

Lychnis x walkeri 'Abbotswood Rose' (L. coronaria x L. flos-jovis)
ht: 40cm
fc: bright pink
bt: blooms most of summer
infl: denser than L. coronaria clones
lc: grey tomentose