Peggy Flower of Jove
Lychnis flos-jovis 'Peggy'
Peggy Flower of Jove flowers
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Plant Height: 6 inches
Flower Height: 12 inches
Spacing: 12 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Other Names: Flower of Jupiter
A mat-forming perennial with silver pubescent foliage, spotted with large eye-catching drumstick-like clusters of rose-pink flowers that float high above the foliage; an extremely showy plant especially when planted in masses
Peggy Flower of Jove has masses of beautiful rose frilly flowers with shell pink streaks at the ends of the stems from early to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive tomentose pointy leaves remain silver in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The silvery blue stems can be quite attractive.
Peggy Flower of Jove is an open herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Peggy Flower of Jove is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Peggy Flower of Jove will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 16 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Peggy Flower of Jove is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.