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Maltese Cross

Lychnis chalcedonica
Maltese Cross was an early import to the American colonies, and was listed in Bernard McMahon's 1804 broadsheet as "Scarlet Lychnis." Jefferson sowed it in one of the oval beds at Monticello in 1807.
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Growth Type: 
Perennial
Color(s): 
Orange, Reds
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
May 25, 2001 to November 15, 2001June 7, 2002 to August 9, 2002September 27, 2002 to November 22, 2002May 23, 2003 to July 14, 2003June 8, 2004 to September 29, 2004June 10, 2005 to July 28, 2005June 1, 2006 to August 17, 2006May 29, 2007 to September 7, 2007May 15, 2008 to August 8, 2008June 11, 2009 to November 3, 2009May 10, 2010 to September 1, 2010May 31, 2011 to August 8, 2011May 24, 2012 to August 7, 2012June 6, 2013 to July 16, 2013June 22, 2014 to August 16, 2014June 5, 2015 to August 17, 2015June 30, 2017 to August 12, 2017May 30, 2018 to August 9, 2018May 31, 2019 to July 10, 2019

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