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Maltese Cross (Cruz de Malta) 6555

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Large showy umbels of brilliant scarlet red flowers sit high above the foliage from May through August. Rich green foliage is very fine, almost hair-like in appearance making an interesting contrast with the flowers. Maltese Cross is very popular for borders and cut-flowers. Grows quite well in dry, sandy soils. Hardy to Zone 3.

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1650 seeds/gram. Blooms the first year from early March sowing started indoors. Germinates at 20 C (70 F) in 28 days. Do not cover seed as they respond to light for improved germination. Pre-chill seed for 2-3 weeks at 5 C (40 F) prior to planting. Late fall sowing directly outdoors is also very effective as this allows the seed to be naturally stratified over the winter.
Early Summer
Perennial
Start Indoors or Sow Direct in Fall
25 to 30
Full Sun
Bushy
Medium Tall (90 to 120 cm)(36 to 48")
Winter Hardy
Easy
Open Pollinated
Caryophyllaceae
Lychnis chalcedonica
Cottage Gardens
Cut flower
Butterfly garden.
Back of the border.
Massing in sunny dry areas.
For many native and perennial plants, late fall is the best time to sow seed directly outside. Why you ask? Simply put, many of these plants produce seed that is viable but dormant. This means that while the seed has all the internal structures and nutrients required to germinate, the seed coat is so hard, water cannot pass through it and initiate germination. When seed is in this state, it is known as being dormant. Seed dormancy is a naturally selected for trait that protects the seed of many plants allowing them to safely overwinter and then be ready to sprout in more favourable conditions in spring.
The remedy to naturally breaking seed dormancy is typically the passing of time. In particular, seed overwintering outside and experiencing the natural freeze thaw cycles that occur in late fall, winter and early spring. To artificially break dormancy, sow seed in a soil-less mix, water then place in a refrigerator for a set period of time. This dormancy breaking process is called stratification.
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