LYCHNIS VISCARIA SCHNEE
This is the scarce pure white version of the very rare British native, which is both soundly perennial and beautiful. In midsummer, massed panicles of ivory-white flowers are held atop strong thin stems, which are, indeed, sticky enough to trap the odd small fly (to no obvious advantage unless you know the reason why, which we don't!).
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Common name:WHITE CATCHFLY