Lychnis chalcedonica (Maltese Cross)
Vermilion, cross-shaped flowers clustered at the tops of stems from two to three feet tall make this plant really stand out in the perennial garden. Although Lynchnis chalcedonica is listed in North American native wildflower books, it was actually introduced to this country from Asia. The species name refers to Chalcedon, an ancient town on the Bosporus, where the flower is said to occur. This old-fashioned favorite isn't seen very often in gardens anymore, but it should be. Sun, Zones 6-8. Quarts.