Lychnis coronaria (L.) Desr.

Rose Campion

Perennial (biennial) covered with a felt of soft grey hair. Leaves stalkless, lanceolate. Flowers on long stalks to 60 cm tall, several in a cluster, bright cerise. Sepals about 1.5 cm long. Petals entire or notched, scales at the throat pointed.

SE Europe

Naturalised in SA, NSW, Tas, and NZ; in Victoria it seeds readily but can hardly be regarded as naturalised.


L. flos-jovis (L.) Desr. is similar, having densely white foliage and stems but the leaves are often widest above the centre and the flowers are combined into a head while L. flos-cuculi is not velvety and has the petals quite deeply cut.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Caryophyllaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Lychnis coronaria 'Alba'

Flowers white.

Lychnis coronaria 'Oculata'

Flowers white with a pink eye.