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Turns out some of these plants grew wild outside Roman stadiums, used for athletic events, like Christians vs. Lions, and garlands of them were used to crown the champion (usually a lion), hence the common name. Several fine annual species are offered, such as the little-known Lychnis x arkwrightii (better known in the hybrid 'Vesuvius') and the wild, ragged L. floscucli, ragged robin, and its white variant 'Alba'.

Without doubt, two species of Lychnis and their selections reign supreme in American gardens. A native of Eastern Europe, Lychnis chalcedonica, the Maltese cross, has been a garden favorite for many years. Opposite leaves, swollen nodes, and the five-petaled flowers — with petals shaped like a cross — show its affiliation with the dianthus family, and indeed the genera are closely related. The common form and color of the flowers is single and scarlet, but double flowers ('Flore Plena'), rose-colored blooms ('Carnea'), and even flowers of puce ('Murky Puce' — now who would name anything "Murky Puce"?) are occasionally seen. New hues for an old-fashioned plant. Full sun, decent soils, zones 3 to 7.

The other reigning species is the short-lived but explosive Lychnis coronaria, rose campion, characterized by magenta to rosy red flowers and gray woolly leaves. It reseeds itself with abandon: individual plants may disappear, but in general, gardeners will find this plant returning year after year. The species has gaudy purple flowers, but several hybrids, in particular 'Abbotsford Rose', subdue the magenta and replace it with bright rose. For more conservative gardeners, a white selection ('Alba') and a bicolor ('Angel Bush') help to make the garden an even more pleasant place for champions. Full sun to afternoon shade, zones 4 to 7.

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A Color Encyclopedia
Armitage, Allan M.
Armitage, Allan
Armitage, Allan M.
Armitage, A. M.
Timber Press
Portland, OR :
Flowers - Perennials
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11 x 8.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , "Armitage's Garden Perennials does for perennials what "Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs (see page 25) does for woody plants: it provides gardeners, landscapers, and nurserymen with a comprehensive photographic encyclopedia of the best and most interesting plants available. The concise and delightful text is like a private tutorial with a master teacher, describing and commenting on choice species and cultivars from 136 genera, from "Acanthus to "Zauschneria. Besides its more than 1400 color photos, it includes more than a dozen lists of plants suitable for particular situations or uses.
"Synopsis" by , This provides descriptions and illustrations for perennials in 136 genera.
"Synopsis" by ,

Originally published in 2000, Armitages Garden Perennials quickly became a garden-shelf classic. Beloved for its well-edited plant selection and Armitages trusted advice on choosing and caring for the best plants, Booklist named it “an essential addition to gardening collections.”

Now its back and better than ever in this new revised and updated second edition. Renowned horticulturist Allan M. Armitage once again features his discerning selection of more than 1250 of the best perennials, over 300 of which are new to this edition. Old favorites like phlox and rudbeckia remain, but gardeners will delight in new introductions like the popular Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight and Echinacea ‘Tangerine Dream. Each plant entry includes scientific and common names, hardiness zone information, tips on growth and cultivation, and Armitages unique and beloved humor. Supported by more than 1300 color photos, 400 of which are new, and rounded out with useful lists of plants for specific situations, this outstanding reference belongs on the shelf of every gardener who values first-rate, authoritative information.

"Synopsis" by , Provides a comprehensive photographic assemblage of the most interesting and gardenworthy plants available.
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