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Campion is a study in contrasts. Its flowers are neon-brilliant, in magentas, bright yellows, oranges, reds, and white. And then the foliage is often silvery gray, which sets off the flowers strikingly. The showy flowers are borne singly, in pairs or clusters. The most popular campions have silvery foliage, but the lance-shape leaves can also be dark green.
Campion tends to be short-lived but seeds itself freely, which may be a blessing or a curse. The plant does best in areas with cooler summers.
Part Sun, Sun
Under 6 inches to 3 feet
1-2 feet wide
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'Lumina Bronze Leaf Red' campion
Lychnis x haageana 'Lumina Bronze Leaf Red' is a short-lived perennial with bright red flowers over contrasting bronze foliage. It grows 1 foot tall. Zones 4-8
Lychnis chalcedonica bears round clusters of bright scarlet-orange flowers atop leafy stems. Flowers may also be white or pink, and some are double. Pairs of rough lance-shape leaves clasp the 3-foot-tall stems. Self-seeds freely. Zones 3-8
Lychnis flos-cuculi makes basal rosettes of grassy grayish foliage. In summer, loose clusters of deeply cut rosy-lavender flowers bloom, giving a ragged effect. Ragged robin needs damp soil and is effective in wild gardens. It may reach 2 feet tall. Zones 3-7
Lychnis coronaria has woolly silver leaves in brilliant contrast to its 1-inch screaming magenta flowers. This short-lived perennial seeds itself freely. It may reach 3 feet tall. Zones 3-8
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