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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

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

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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

    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.

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