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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.
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: 
2001 May 25 to 2001 Nov 152002 Jun 7 to 2002 Aug 92002 Sep 27 to 2002 Nov 222003 May 23 to 2003 Jul 142004 Jun 8 to 2004 Sep 292005 Jun 10 to 2005 Jul 282006 Jun 1 to 2006 Aug 172007 May 29 to 2007 Sep 72008 May 15 to 2008 Aug 82009 Jun 11 to 2009 Nov 32010 May 10 to 2010 Sep 12011 May 31 to 2011 Aug 82012 May 24 to 2012 Aug 72013 Jun 6 to 2013 Jul 162014 Jun 22 to 2014 Aug 162015 Jun 5 to 2015 Aug 17
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