Go Back Maltese Cross Orange Gnome

Lychnis arkwrightii 'Orange Gnome'
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Plant Type: Perennials

If you're looking for a shocking spot of color in the landscape, look to 'Orange Gnome'! Brilliant, orange-scarlet flowers measuring up to two inches across are produced in clusters at the tips of the stems. The plants begin to flower in early summer and last nearly 8 weeks. The foliage is nearly as pretty as the flowers, having a purplish bronze cast over the naturally dark green, lance-shaped leaves especially during the cooler months. The contrast is dazzling! After flowering, the swollen seed pods provide additional interest to extend the season.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

It is essential to provide proper siting for this perennial. Plant it in full sun and moist, well-drained soil to avoid potential disease issues. Early in the season, pinch these plants back to encourage a more compact habit. Lychnis tends to be a short-lived perennial, but it will self-seed.

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Green shades

Plant Spread

12 in.

Good Companions

Bellflower-Clustered (Campanula glomerata), Coral Bells (Heuchera ), Lamb's Ear-Giant (Stachys byzantina), Peony-Garden (Paeonia ), Salvia-Perennial (Salvia nemorosa), Spiderwort (Tradescantia ), Stonecrop-Autumn (Sedum )

Plant Height

12-15 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Average and consistent water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Border, Cut flower or foliage, Mass Plant

Bloom Time

Early summer, Mid summer

Critter Resistance


Full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests