One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of a genus which includes the campions, ragged robin, and a number of cultivated ornamental flowers.
Genus Lychnis, family Caryophyllaceae
- ‘When summer-flowering perennials such as bellflowers, geraniums, lychnis, Shasta daisies, and spiderworts finish blooming and start to look tattered, cut back their stems to the rosette of new foliage.’
- ‘Conversely other plants, such as Petunia, Lychnis and Gazania, need light.’
- ‘It looks best combined with another more vibrant coloured plant such as the magenta Lychnis coronara.’
- ‘Plants chosen for drought tolerance as well as color thrive here, including catmint (Nepeta ‘Blue Wonder’), ceanothus, lychnis, penstemon, purple coneflower, rockrose, rosemary, and star jasmine.’
Modern Latin, via Latin from Greek lukhnis, denoting a red flower, from lukhnos ‘lamp’.
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