Colorful Lychnis Garden Plants
Lychnis garden plants are a group of summer-blooming perennials, known for their attractive foliage and abundant blooms. The Lychnis genus is derived from the Greek word lychnos, which translates to “lamp.” It is believed to refer to the ancient use of the leaves as candle wicks. Commonly, the plants in this genus are called catchflies and campions. The catchfly is a species that has sticky flowers, and the campion’s name is derived from the Latin word campus, which translates to “field.” This describes the meadow habitat of this species. Lychnis is a plant genus that is part of the Caryophyllaceae family. It contains about 25 species of perennial and biennial herbs that are native to temperate regions of Africa, Asia, and Europe. Most species have a cluster of flowers that sit atop stick-like stems, which rise above grass-like foliage. They are excellent garden plants for flower beds or borders. This genus of garden plants is generally disease and pest free.
Lychnis garden plants are some of the most forgiving perennials to work with, making top-notch landscaping seem easy. Once you have an established patch, it is easy to divide them and have plant material to fill in other empty spaces in the yard.