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The perennial herbaceous plants called climbing Cuckulids

Belonging to the Caryophyllaceae family, the so-called Lychnis flos-cuculi are plants more commonly known under the name of climbing Cuckulids. Perennial herbaceous native to the Eurasian continent and North Africa, several species grow spontaneously in the territories of the Mediterranean basin. These vegetables are used to decorate balconies and can be grown in the garden without too much difficulty. The stem has an erect posture and to initially develop it needs support while the leaves are gathered in basal rosettes and are linear in shape, light green. The flowers begin to open in spring and continue for much of the summer season. They are gathered in corymbs, they can be simple or double, white or pink depending on the species.

Cultivation techniques of climbing Cuculidae plants


Climbing cuckoos to grow and flourish in a luxuriant way, do not require excessive cultural care. These perennials can live in pots and in open ground, they do not fear winter temperatures below freezing. In winter they completely lose the aerial part that germinates again with the arrival of the spring season. The soil must be well drained and mixed with sand, in fact the climbing Cuculidae plants do not tolerate water stagnation that lead to the onset of rot in the rhizomatous root system. They can grow in both sunny and partial shade locations. The water supply is not necessary in autumn and winter while it becomes regular in spring and summer. To support vegetative growth,

Methods of propagation of climbing cuckoo plants


The sowing method allows to obtain new climbing cuckoo perennials. The seeds should be planted in March in containers filled with garden soil mixed with peat and sand. To help germination, it is advisable to store them in areas that are not too bright and temperate. When the seedlings develop foliage, they can be permanently planted. Another propagation technique is through the division of the underground rhizome. The operation can be carried out in spring or autumn, with the help of a sharp knife the portions of the root system are divided, to avoid the onset of fungal diseases and molds the parts obtained must be treated with rooting powder and pesticide.

Climbing cuckoos: The different species called climbing cuckoos


The climbing cuckoos are divided into different varieties such as the Lychnis flos-cuculi Alba, it is characterized by the abundant spring flowering which lasts until the summer season and by the white color of the flowers produced. The inflorescences are gathered in corymbs and the petals are simple. Upright habit and rosette-like foliage are the characteristics of the selection called Lychnis flos-cuculi Jenny. The interesting ornamental aspect of these plants consists in the double flowers of intense pink color that begin to open in the month of May, gathered in corymbs. Prostrate habit and contained dimensions for the climbing cuckoos called Lychnis flos-cuculi nana, both the foliage and the flower stems are smaller than the other varieties of the same species.

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