Lychnis coronaria | Rose Campion ‘Angels Blush’
Rose Campion, once called Mullein Pink and Lamp Flower, and also known as Silene, Bloody Mary, Bloody William, Lychnis coronaria Oculata’, and Dusty Miller is a short lived perennial flower, has the felted leaves, which resemble Lambs Ear, were used in the making of wicks. Campions have been consistently popular in gardens for hundreds of years. In England, by the 1700’s, double Campions of magenta and white were all the rage. They have all but disappeared now and have been replaced by the even earlier single bloom types. ‘Angel’s Blush’ is white with rose tints developing in the center of the flower.
During the first year of growth it will only produce a few blooms, but in the second year of establishment, Campion blooms with a profusion of pure white 1″ trumpet shaped flowers. Interestingly, the pink center varies according to season and weather conditions. The bright white and pink flowers are a beautiful contrast to the silvery grey, woolly foliage, which is soft to the touch. Flowering begins in late spring and lasts throughout the summer. Deadhead spent stems or cut back to keep blooming.
Lychnis coronaria plants are easy to grow, long-blooming and low maintenance. They perform well in both full sun or partial shade. Hardy and freely self sowing. Deer resistant.
The tall stems make Rose Campion ‘Angels Blush’ excellent for cut flowers.
Sun exposure: Full sun to part shade
Mature height: 2.5-3 ft
Mature width: 2 ft
Hardiness zones: 5- 9