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Lychnis flos-cuculi nana
I've always thought the species Lychnis flos-cuculi to be a "sloppy" plant....too tall for it's own good and without much garden merit. Imagine how ecstatic I was to find this dwarf form. Seemingly suffering from an identity crisis, the same plant is slowly making it's rounds under several different names ie: Lychnis flos-cuculi nana, mini, minimus, dwarf form etc etc. But they all seem to be the same plant, a tight little compact form of Lychnis flos-cuculi. From a ground hugging little rosette of greyish-green, glossy foliage, a 2"-6" flower stem emerges in early to mid Summer and long lasting, finely cut, pink flowers burst forth in all directions.
I'd previously surmised that the reason for many plants in Caryophyllaceae, primarily Dianthus, being referred to as "Pinks" was because so many of them were pink. A logical conclusion huh? But nooooooooooo, the real reason is that the ragged edge of many of the flowers look "pinked", you know, cut with "pinking shears". Most plants in the Caryophyllaceae are short lived perennials. Luckily this is a form that comes true from seed, and plenty of seed you will get.
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Last modified February 24, 2009