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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Lychnis

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Order: Caryophyllales > Family: Caryophyliaceae

Four species cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Lychnis alpina (Alpine campion)

Native to the north temperate regions.


Lychnis chalcedonica (Maltese cross, Cross of Jerusalem)

Native to western Russia.


Lychnis coronaria (Rose campion, Mullein pink)

Native to southeastern Europe.


Lychnis fulgens

Native to Siberia.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.