Maltese Cross: Our Favorite Flowers
2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited
Named for its flat heads of small, cross-shaped flowers, the Maltese cross has brilliant vermillion blooms in early and midsummer.
The fiery flowers of Maltese cross (Lychnis chalcedonica) appear on 2- to 4-foot stems in early summer. Sow in sun or part shade in moist, well-drained soil, and cut back after flowering to encourage re-bloom. Butterflies love this plant, and the flowers may also attract hummingbirds.