What is LYCASTE?

This genus comprises numerous annual, hardy herbaceous, and rock plants. The annuals are, in our opinion, of little importance compared with the others. Both the Perennial Border Species and the Rock Garden Species may be increased by seeds sown in the usualway in March, or by division in tbe autumn or sprii:. They are of easy culture, thriving in good light, ordinary garden loam. The varieties in the first group are splendid for cutting. Perennial Border Species.A few of the many desirable sorts are briefly described below : Lychnis alba.This is much better known under its synonymous name L. vespertina, under which name we describe it. L. Bungeana.An attractive bright scarlet sort, flowering in July and August. Height, 12-15 ins. L. chalcedonica (Jerusalem Cross).Probably the most popular sort of all. It can be had in white, scarlet, vermilion, red, etc. The flowering period extends from June to September. The double form (flore plena) is splendid. The height varies from 2|4 ft. L. coronaria (Crowned Campion). This is next in popularity to the above. Its range of colours is similar, though it may also be had in attractive rose-pink and reddishpurple forms. It blooms in July and August, averaging about 3 ft. in height. Its variety oculata is considered the best. L. coronata.Syn. L. grandiflora, which see. L. Flos-cuculi.This also is a popular sort with a large range of colour, and it is popularly known as Ragged Robin. It blooms in June, continuing into July, and averages about i| ft. in height. L. Flos-jovis (Rose Campion). By some this is considered a variety of Lychnis coronaria. It seems, however, to be distinct enough to rank as a species. It is a bright, rosyred June and July blooming subject, about I J ft. high. L. fulgens.An attractive scarlet sort, flowering from June to October, and averaging 12 ins. high. L. grandiflora (Syn. L. coronata). A large, scarlet, free, summer flowering species growing i8 ins. high. L. haageana. Another highly attractive scarlet species largely ofEered by nurserymen, though considered by some synonymous with L. Bungeana. It blooms freely in June and July, and its height varies from 1-2 ft. L. vespertina (Syn. L. alba). This well merits its present popularity, and it can be had in various colours, such as rosy-red, dark crimson, rose, bright pink, and white. It can be had double or single, and blooms freely from early June to late August, and averages rather more than li ft. in height. L. Viscaria (German Catchfly). A very useful sort, the colours of which range through pink, red, rose, and white. The flowering period extends from May to August, and the height averages 12 ins. Its varieties- splendens and splendens plena are worthy of special commenidation. Rock Garden Speeies. Three species are well worth a place in the rock garden. They are briefly described below, and are propagated by means of seeds sown in spring : Lychnis alpina.A dwarf, tufted plant with narrow leaves. Flowers rose, in dense heads. Site sunny. Soil gritty. It is a biennial, flowering frOTQ May to June. Height, 4 ins. L. Lagascae. h. low-growmg plant. Flowers bright rose with white centre. Site, half-shade. Soil gritty. Flowering Period, May to July. Height, 4 ms. L. pyrenaica.Sirml&x to the above in character and requirements, but with glaucous leaves, and white flowers which change to rose. The flowers open in May and June, Height, 6 ins.

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