Lychnis coronaria ‘Alba’, white rose campion
Lychnis coronaria or rose campion is an upright, many-branched biennial (or short-lived perennial) with soft, wooly, silver-gray leaves and stems. The plant gets 2 to 3 feet tall and about 1 to 2 feet wide. In the second year of growth, white rose campion blooms with a profusion of long stemmed trumpet shaped flowers. The flowers open one at a time and last only a day, but do so over a long blooming period in the spring and summer. Rose campion also may bloom in its first season, but usually not as profusely. By its third season, rose campion already is declining, but new seedlings that volunteer easily in place will keep the lineage going.