Lychnis chalcedonica blooms in June with glowing, scarlet-red flowers. It may bloom the first year from seed, if started early indoors. The vivid red flowers are like a neon sign that says to hummingbirds, "Eat at this restaurant!"
Maltese Cross is an heirloom flower that has been grown in American gardens since colonial times. Cut it back when the flowers fade to encourage repeat blooming. Deer resistant. Hardy perennial in zones 4-10.
Sowing Lychnis chalcedonica Seeds:
Sow indoors 8 weeks before the last frost date. Barely cover the seeds. Full sun to part shade. Spacing 15".