Name: Silene coronaria aka Lychnis coronaria aka Rose Campion
Type of Plant: A cottage garden plant that is grown as an annual, biennial or short-lived perennial. This is a self-seeding plant and well suited to informal, or field-style gardens. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil that tends toward the drier side.
Why I Love This Plant: This plant has fuzzy gray leaves, and it’s often mistaken for lamb’s ears. But unlike Stachys byzantina the other perennial that is called lamb’s ears, this plant has bright, and I’m talking bright magenta flowers in early to mid-summer.
A Word to the Wise: If you deadhead by cutting out stems with faded flowers this plant will look better and tend to last longer in the garden. But if you want it to self-seed, leave a few stems in place or scatter some mature seedpods.
There are several cultivars with white, light pink, or double flowers. This is a very easy plant to grow from seed but it’s not always available at garden centers. So order seeds this spring and get some started!