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Botanical names:
Silene coronaria Accepted
Lychnis coronaria Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24-36 inch
Plant Spread: 16-24 inch
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Woolly and silver-gray
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Rose-magenta
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: cover the seeds thin
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM


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By threegardeners on July 20, 2011

There is no secret to having a beautiful Cottage Garden. The main "rule" is to simply let the plants decide what they want to do. Here are some visual hints meant to inspire you.

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Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on Jun 27, 2013 10:48 AM

Reportedly they do not survive harsh winters after flowering, but that is not a problem for me here. I find they readily self-seed in my garden, so I have plenty of volunteers, pulling them out where I don't want them.
Deadhead on a regular basis to encourage continuous flowering and control self-seeding or shear after the initial flowering to promote a second flush of flowers later in the season.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Sep 17, 2014 11:12 AM

This biennial readily self-seeds itself over its long bloom period. Deadheading weekly by snipping off spent blooms and letting them drop to the ground is effective. Or, the entire plant can be cut back to the basal growth after the primary flush of bloom (losing some of the bloom). If it tends to become leggy in your garden, cut it back by half when it has reached 12-15" or pinch at 6" for a shorter and sturdier display. Susceptible to root rot and may not over-winter if the soil is not well-draining.

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 3:04 AM

"Silene coronaria is a species of flowering plant in the carnation family Caryophyllaceae, native to Asia and Europe. Common names include rose campion, dusty miller (this also refers to Centaurea cineraria and Jacobaea maritima), mullein-pink and bloody William.

In the United Kingdom it is still widely referenced under its synonym Lychnis coronaria.

It is a perennial growing to 31 inches tall by 18 inches wide, with grey felted leaves and single, bright magenta flowers produced in succession in late summer. Though short-lived, the plant readily self-seeds in favourable locations. It is sometimes grown as a biennial. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit."

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 26, 2014 8:30 PM

Rose Campion (Silene coronaria) produces brilliant magenta-red blossoms from early to late summer. In my zone 7a garden, it thrives in direct sun from dawn till dusk. A short-lived perennial, Rose Campion stays in the garden through self-seeding. Deadhead for continuous bloom, or leave seedheads in place for volunteers the following spring. The bright magenta flowers and silvery green foliage provide excellent contrast for the garden.

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