Long popular in cottage gardens this is a rugged and easy perennial for any sunny border. Maltese cross can also be used to naturalize a space.
May require support in windy situations.
Maltese cross plant information. Flowerheads 10 cm from early to late summer maltese cross thrives in full sun or part shade and enjoys moist fertile well drained soils. Maltese cross flowers are often grown alongside yellow flowers to create striking plant color schemes. Tall 60 120 cm and 12 in.
Maltese cross are perfect to brighten up your flower garden. After that when the heat of summer arrives foliage looks stressed and tends to brown. This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
Plants form an upright clump of bright green leaves with taller stems in summer that bear large clusters of scarlet orange flowers. Maltese cross produces large showy bright red flowers in spring and early summer. Grows up to 2 4 ft.
It has dark green leaves located opposite each other on the stem. Maltese cross lychnis chalcedonica produces colorful displays of red flowers on long straight stalks. Florets have four petals in a cross shape.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by rhs experts. Maltese cross plants lychnis chalcedonica commonly named maltese cross for the shape of the flowers is a very hardy perennial that has beautiful bright orange red flowers in summer. It works best for me to cut down the entire plant then leaving only about 8 inches of stem length.
They bloom from top to bottom of the plant over several weeks. Rhs plants for pollinators plants. Stem and leaves are hairy.
Silene chalcedonica commonly called lychnis chalcedonica the maltese cross flower of bristol jerusalem cross or nonesuch is a species of flowering plant in the family caryophyllaceae native to central and eastern russia kazakhstan mongolia and northwestern china. I had given up on this plant after i moved it to what i considered to be better growing conditions and it faded away to nothing so i didn t bother to check for it the next year when it grew surreptitiously under you guessed it a large. Maltese or jerusalem cross comes with both four and five petaled flowers often on the same plant.
It is a popular ornamental plant in gardens and has gained the royal. Grown for its decorative and abundant 4 in. At maturity maltese cross reaches a height of 3 feet and grows out to approximately 15.
Maltese cross plants grow two to thee feet tall. Reasonably resistant to pests diseases. The flowers will attract butterflies in the summer months.
This perennial is also coveted by gardeners interested in tradition as it s been grown for centuries particularly in cottage gardens.