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Rose campion features soft silvery mounds of foliage graced with stalks of stunning pink or white flowers in the late spring and early summer. This short-lived perennial or biennial self-seeds readily, forming large colonies if left unchecked.

Latin Name

Lychnis coronaria



Also Known As

Bloody William Mullein-pink

Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season

May - July


Spring Spring
Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 3'
Max spread Max Spread: 1.5'


  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Deer
  • Drought
  • Dry Soil
  • Shallow-Rocky Soil

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Southeastern Europe


    Thomas Jefferson noted in his garden book that the rose campion were blooming in 1767 at Shadwell, his childhood home.

    Other Details

    Sold at Mount Vernon Sold at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

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

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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

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