Lychnis flos-cuculi 'Lychjen' JENNY

Lychnis flos-cuculi 'Lychjen'
Lychnis flos-cuculi 'Lychjen' JENNY
ragged robin
SIZE/TYPE mid-sized perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 0.6-0.7m
USUAL WIDTH 0.3-0.4m
LEAVES semi-deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS pink
BLOOMING TIME June - July
LOCATION full sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
Summer blooms
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Ragged robin is our native Central European perennial. I remember that as kids we would pluck it when we made wildflower bouquets for our mums, because it beautifully brightened them up with its distinctive colour. JENNY is an English variety which originated as a cross between several unnamed ragged robin varieties was selected by Rainer Kretz in 1994 at the Blooms of Bressingham nursery in Blandford Forum, Dorset. It was granted a US plant patent No. PP14139 in 2003.

JENNY is a medium-tall perennial with narrow, short, lanceolate, semi-evergreen, deep green leaves that form a dense, low rosette. From their midst rise 60-70 cm tall, thin stems, topped with thin inflorescence composed of pastel pink, fully double flowers about 3 cm across.

Its typical flowering time is June and July, but if the weather is good it may begin to bloom already at the end of May, and if you cut off the stems with spent flowers when the plant gets unsightly, it will re-grow into a second, not very profuse flush in late summer or early autumn. The clumps are dense and slow to expand, but not weedy.

Rose campion is a typical meadow plant. There it seeks the sun, preferably neutral to slightly alkaline soil with enough moisture, it can even tolerate some flooding but does not require such conditions when cultivated in garden beds. It is not picky about soil pH but needs nutrients in the upper part of the soil profile as it has shallow root system. The clumps can easily be divided in early spring. After all frosts carefully remove old, withered leaves. Hardy to min. -30 °C (USDA zone 5), perhaps a bit more.

Last update 14-10-2023
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