Maltese Cross

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Maltese Cross (Lychnis chalcedonica) is another one of the cottage garden perennials that came with our property. Every year it sets out the brightest red bunches of flowers out of any plant in the garden. They contrast beautifully with the blue iris they are planted next to and are fairly long-lasting in floral arrangements. They were the perfect “red” for my July 4th themed bouquet this year and I will be using it much more liberally next year, now that I know how well it performs. For more practical uses, the roots contain enough saponins to create a washing liquid when combined with water. Not as strong as some other plants, but they’ll still do in a pinch. Good to know should we ever end up without soap and unable to get to the store, I suppose. I think I’ll stick to cutting flowers for this one 🙂

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