Silene coronaria, the Rose Campion, is a species of flowering plant in the family Caryophyllaceae, native to Northern Africa, the Middle East, Southern Europe, and many parts of the United States. Other common names include dusty miller, mullein-pink, and bloody William. In the United Kingdom, it is still widely referenced under its synonym Lychnis coronaria.
It grows naturally on rocky, scrubby hillsides. The plants do well in rock gardens, xeriscaping, wildflower meadows, and cottage gardens. The genus name ‘Lychnis’ (Greek for lamp); comes from the fact that the felt-like leaves; were used as lamp wicks in the olden days.
It is a perennial growing to 80 cm (31 in) tall by 45 cm (18 in) wide, with grey felted leaves and single, bright magenta flowers. The soft, pale, gray-green foliage makes the perfect backdrop for the brightly colored flowers, with each blossom lasting only a day. The foliage adds texture to the garden when the flowers are not in bloom. Flowers are sparse the first year but numerous in the second year. In the third year, the numbers of blossoms begin to decline, but they are eager seeders that regenerate themselves every year.
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