Lychnis viscaria L.


Accepted name: Silene viscaria

Perennial with short shoots and a clumping rootstock. Flowers on stalks to about 50 cm tall. Leaves narrowly oblanceolate. Flowers in a series of clusters along the flower spike. Sepals and entire, purplish petal tips about 1 cm long. Petal scales lanceolate.

Europe, W Asia

Very sticky (fly-catching) below the stem joints, hence the common name.

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 viscaria 'Splendens Plena'

Flowers double, bright magenta-pink.