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Rose Campion forms rosettes of leaves the first year and spreading mounds 2-3 feet tall in subsequent years. The greenish-grey-white stems and leaves are densely covered with silver-grey hairs, giving a fuzzy appearance. The opposite, lance-shaped leaves may be as long at 3” but are usually shorter. Rose Campion has a strong upright habit, and a profusion of flowers up to 1” across are produced in spring. The simple 5-petaled flowers occur in small heads held well clear of the foliage. Petals are in vivid shades of magenta, contrasting nicely with the silvery foliage.

Lychnis coronaria, Rose Campion

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