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Agrostemma Coronaria

Agrostemma Coronaria
Agrostemma Coronaria known also as Rose Cockle, or Campion. The single Rose Campion has been long an inhabitant of the English gardens, where, by its seeds having scattered, it is become a kind of weed. There are three varieties of this plant, one with deep red, another with flesh-coloured, and a third with white flowers, but these are of small esteem.

The single Rose Champion grows spontaneously in Italy and Siberia and the blossom is naturally white, with red in the middle.

The double Rose Campion being a finer flower, has turned the others out of most fine gardens. The single sorts propagate fast enough by the seeds, the sort with double flowers never produces any, so is only propagated by parting of the roots. The best time for this is in autumn, after their flowers are past; in doing of this, every head which can be slipped off with roots should be parted and should be planted in a border of fresh undunged earth, at the distance of six inches.

You should observe and water them often gently until they have taken root, after which they will require not much watering, because much wet may be injurious to them. After the heads are well rooted, they should be planted into the borders of the Flower-Garden, where they will be very ornamental during the times of their flowering, which is in July and August.

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