Maltese-cross - Silene chalcedonica

    Alt Name
    Lychnis chalcedonica

    Grows to a height of 30 to50 cm. Stem unbranched, roughly hairy. Leaves opposite, lobes clasping the stem not toothed. Flowers five petalled, bright red, several in an umbel.

    Identification difficulty

    Grown as a garden plant and rarely establishing far from habitation.

    When to see it

    Flowers June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Only occasional scattered records of this species in Britain away from the garden environment.

    VC55 Status

    Rare escape from cultivation in Leicestershire and Rutland. It is believed that the record from Higham on the Hill on 9th July 2015 is the first occurrence of this species away from habitation in VC55. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map