Growing Lychnis (Campion)

Latin Name Pronunciation: lik'-nis

A member of the Pink family that's closely related to Silene, this genus comprises some 20 species of annual and perennial herbs found in diverse habitats throughout the North Temperate Zone. Prompt deadheading prolongs life, but let some stems set seed for future generations.

Light: Grow in full sun (or partial shade in the South).

Soil: Performs well in average, well-drained garden soil.

Watering and fertilizing: S. dioica prefers moist, well-drained soil. Other species require less water or are drought tolerant once established. Side-dress with compost or aged manure each year in the spring.

Pests/Diseases: Rarely problems.

Companions: A traditional favorite among Roses or in cottage gardens, Lychnis also combines well with Nepeta, Perovskia, Salvia, or Heuchera.