Lychnis Lipstick

Maltese Cross, Scarlet Lightning

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Plant Code: LYLI

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Hot summer color in full swing! Deep coral orange-red 2-3” blooms burst open from attractive burgundy colored buds atop dark stems. Larger flowers than the species, the petals shimmer in the sunlight like a glossy lipstick. Seedpods provide fall interest. Bold and beautiful!

Butterflies and hummingbirds won’t miss the dazzling flowers of Lychnis Lipstick. Interesting foliage tones throughout the season - bronzy-green, tinted with burgundy.


Type: Perennials
Height: Short 18-24"
Spacing: Plant 18" apart
Bloom Time: Early Summer to Late Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Mostly Sunny
Zones: 4-8   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Acidic, Sandy
Flower: Orange
Accent: Red
Patent: #26,243
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Deer Resistant
  • Attracts Hummingbirds

Lychnis General Information

Lychnis are old-fashioned, hardy, trouble-free plants. Reliable and long lived. Flowers are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.

Lychnis Plant Care

Cut back plant by 1/3 when first blooms begin to fade. Divide periodically in spring. Will self sow. Prefers a well-drained winter site. Can be pinched back to control height.