Maltese-cross - Silene chalcedonica

Alternative names
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.

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

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