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Maltese Cross (Silene)

Silene chalcedonica
SKU: HC018193
per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
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Award-winning Silene chalcedonica (Maltese Cross) is an early-summer blooming perennial that lights up the garden with clusters of scarlet-orange flowers. An excellent addition to a cottage garden, perennial bed, or small space, this plant will enhance any setting. Pollinator friendly blooms can also be lovely cut flowers. This easy-to-grow perennial and is deer and rabbit resistant.
key features
Botanical Name
Silene chalcedonica
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Cut Flowers, Small Spaces
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mature Height
36-48" tall
Bloom Time


Silene chalcedonica (Maltese Cross) is an herbaceous perennial with lush green foliage topped by round clusters of scarlet-orange flowers. Easy to grow and long-lived, it adds bold splashes of color through the garden. Recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit, it is a low-maintenance perennial with a long season of interest. Butterflies flock to the flowers, as do bees and hummingbirds. Deer and rabbits stay away. Plant Maltese Cross in a sunny location (afternoon shade is tolerated) in average, well-draining soil with moderate to moist moisture. Once established, it is somewhat more drought tolerant. Native to Eurasia, it was brought to the American colonies in the early 1800s. Thomas Jefferson planted it in an oval bed in Monticello in 1807 as documented in his Garden Book. The rest is history!