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
- ‘It looks best combined with another more vibrant coloured plant such as the magenta Lychnis coronara.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Conversely other plants, such as Petunia, Lychnis and Gazania, need light.’
Modern Latin, via Latin from Greek lukhnis, denoting a red flower, from lukhnos ‘lamp’.
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