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01/08/2013 at 14:07


Can anybody please tell me what this plant is called and if it is a perennial.

I purchased some seeds from a supplyier howevery not one of the seeds germinated.I used some reclaimed gravel from the brushing ups from a carpark and used this to sprinkle onto the seed pot.Ithink that it is more than likely to of come from there.I have gont through all of my gardening books but cannot find this plant.

I would be very greatful if someone knows what it is and can tell me.Please see the photos provided.

Dave Smith



01/08/2013 at 14:18

Lychnis x arkwrightii but I don't know which one.

01/08/2013 at 14:19

Looks a bit like silene jack flash.  or even Lychnis x arkwrightii  vesuvius.

What did you plant?

01/08/2013 at 16:02

Dave - No idea what it is but it's lovely!!

02/08/2013 at 20:20

it really is beautifull and strange as it is growing each flower head carries five flowers and it has lots of buds forming.I have no idea how big it will grow or anything.

Originally i planted some Actaea pachypoda which look like white berries growing on a red stalk.However is looks absolutely nothing like what i have grown.The seed was purchased from a uk supplier.

If anybody does know please contact me.

02/08/2013 at 21:30

i'm still convinced it's lychnis x  arkwrightii.

 it's certyainly not any of the actaeas which are usually pictured in berry as their flowers are pretty insignificant


02/08/2013 at 22:00
I think it's lunchbox Vesuvius been after some for ages, jealous !
02/08/2013 at 22:01
Sorry lychnis
02/08/2013 at 22:33

I quite like the lunchbox poppy. I thought Vesuvius has dark leaves but I haven't grown it for years so maybe not.

03/08/2013 at 09:19

I agree with nut. Vesuvius should have dark leaves. So lychnis  x  arkwrightii it is then.


03/08/2013 at 09:33

Hey, neat me to it...yes, Vesuvius but leaves are usually bit darker.  Depends if it is growing INDOORS.  Leaves will be greener then.  Or maybe it is growing in shade, making leaves greener...?

03/08/2013 at 09:37

There's lots of strains of arkwrightii, could be any of them

03/08/2013 at 11:20

I think that you are right,however looking at the leaf structure it is different from the one that of the arkwright.If it seeds i will be happy to let some go on a first come service.If it is the arkwrghtii does anyone know about over wintering plant or even to take cuttings from it.I would just like to say thanks to you all for your help,I am new to this site but how great it is to meet fellow/lady gardeners.

03/08/2013 at 11:24

I forgot to mention that the plant is in full sun outdoors.

03/08/2013 at 11:26

Would any body like to have some crocosima montbretia lucifer seed for free.all that would be required is the cost of the postage to get them to you.

03/08/2013 at 13:48

thanks for your comment poppy. I will let you know what happens

03/08/2013 at 17:11
boom LYCHNIS arkwrightii 'Vesuvius' Campion, Catchfly Clear orange-red flowers with dark purple leaves Burncoose Catalogue Code Herbaceous - short-lived, clump-forming perennial. Oval to lance-shaped, hairy leaves 8cm (3in) long. Flowers are in terminal clusters of 5-10, 3-4cm (1¼ to 1½in) across, with notched petals. Hardiness Rating Fully hardy - Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F) Mature Dimensions overall height and width of plant once mature Height - in metres - 45cm (18in) Spread - in metres - 30cm (12in) Preferred Location

Full Sun

Partial Shade Soil Conditions fertile well drained soil Flowers In Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct


03/08/2013 at 17:17

many thanks to nutcutlet and fidgetbones who both agree that it was LYCHNIS ARKWRIGHTII " vesuvius Campion " WELL DONE lads. I now have all the info that i was looking for thanks to you both.

what a good find.



03/08/2013 at 18:21

Girls actually

03/08/2013 at 18:26

My sincere apology ma' am.

top job anyway. for my next challeng how do i prune a grape vine?.


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