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Lychnis coronaria
rose campion

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Idaho, Montana, and Utah; also in eastern North America.

Habitat: Along roadways, railways and waste land.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Gray-woolly perennial from a branched crown; stems several, simple, stout, 4-10 dm. tall.


Leaves opposite, the basal lanceolate to oblanceolate, slender-petiolate, 5-10 cm. long and 1-2.5 cm. wide; cauline leaves 5-10 pairs, often overlapping, reduced upward, sessile above.


Flowers perfect, showy, several in an open, branched, leafy-bracteate cyme; calyx about 15 mm. long at flowering, the tube enlarged but not inflated in fruit, woolly, 10-nerved, the 5 lobes slender; corolla 5-lobed, deep red; claw of the petals equaling the calyx, narrow, the blade 10-15 mm. long, obcordate, with 2 linear, acute appendages 2-4 mm. long at the base; styles 5; stamens 10, fused with the base of the petals.

Accepted Name:
Lychnis coronaria (L.) Desr.
Publication: Encycl. [J. Lamarck & al.] 3(2): 643. 1792.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Agrostemma coronaria L.
Silene coronaria (L.) Clairville [FNA5]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Lychnis coronaria in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Lychnis coronaria checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Lychnis coronaria atlas page.

CalPhotos: Lychnis coronaria photos.

USDA Plants: Lychnis coronaria information.

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