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Lychnis, Abbotswood Rose Hybrid

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Dazzling beauty thrives in poor soils and both sun and partial shade.

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Wow! Brilliant, 2" wide electric-pink blooms jump off the wooly silver gray foliage and transform this old-time cottage garden favorite into a dazzling runway fashion model. Prized for its adaptability to all garden conditions, our Abbotswood Rose is the most versatile Maltese Cross of all. Growing only 18-24" tall, and hardier than other varieties, it will give you years of high-wattage beauty. Thrives in poor soils and both sun and partial shade.
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Lychnis, Abbotswood Rose Hybrid
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.


Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

18-24 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

15-18 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Spring, Summer

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.


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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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Lychnis: Direct Sow Perennial

How to Sow

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Seed benefits from being prechilled in the refrigerator for two weeks before sowing. Direct sow in average soil in full sun to part shade after danger of heavy frost.
  • Remove weeds and work organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Sow seeds about 8 inches apart and barely press in. Light aids in germination.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 21-28 days depending on soil and weather conditions.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry. One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
  • Taller varieties may need staking.
  • Deadheading prolongs bloom.
  • Divide plants every 2-3 years in spring to keep the clumps vigorous.

Growing Tips

  • Lychnis tends to be short-lived but will self-sow where plants are happy.
  • Pinching stems in spring promotes bushy growth and may forestall having to stake taller varieties.
  • Grow lychnis in beds and borders. They combine nicely with daylilies, campanula, achillea and echinacea.
Full Sun, Part Sun
18-24 inches
15-18 inches
Bloom Season
Spring, Summer
Resistant To
Ornamental Use
Planting Time
Life Cycle
Lychnis, Abbotswood Rose Hybrid is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I wish I knew I planted 2 packages of these and they never came up.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very Disappointed I bought these seeds in the spring. They did not grow. So, I bought more, thinking I had done something wrong, since not one seed grew. Same thing in late spring. I am sorry, but the seeds did not germinate at all.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eyecatching color I bought these seeds from Burpees 2 years ago. I am in NH. I started them indoors and had a good germination rate. Not all the plants survived the first winter in which we had over a month with -15 temps. Those that did make it produced lovely flowers with knock your socks off color. I left the seed heads and this spring I have a number of new plants which I an thrilled with. I'm going to move some of them to other beds so I can enjoy the color all over the yard.
Date published: 2016-05-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor germination A LYCHNIS
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dazzling Beauty it is! These plants have been spectacular. I grew them from seed last year and am astonished at how gorgeous they turned out to be. The color is as striking as anything I have seen, They are not the wallflowers, but the dancers!
Date published: 2014-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I saw these in many gardens throughout Italy while we were on vacation last year and was so excited to have them in my garden. I followed the directions on the seed packet and nothing happend. Hoping for better luck when the weather cools again.
Date published: 2012-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ideal for dry, poor soil garden Plant multiplies and transplants easily, without being invasive. Great color in the garden with sedums. When flower wilts, pull off bloom and stem to encourage more growth.
Date published: 2006-05-08
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