Definition of lychnis in US English:



  • A plant of a genus that includes the campions 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.’
    • ‘Conversely other plants, such as Petunia, Lychnis and Gazania, need light.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


Modern Latin, via Latin from Greek lukhnis, denoting a red flower, from lukhnos ‘lamp’.