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Bright orange flowers offer a sharp contrast to the pinks and purples that proliferate in the early summer border. Maltese cross reseeds fairly easily, but can be choked out by more aggressive perennials.

Latin Name

Lychnis chalcedonica



Also Known As

Burning Love Jerusalem Cross Nonesuch Meadow Campion

Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season

June - July


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 3'
Max spread Max Spread: 2'


  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun

    Attracted Wildlife

    Hummingbirds Hummingbirds


    Native Range



    John Bartram of Philadelphia offered Maltese Cross in his 1770 catalog.

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b

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