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"

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.