genus consists of about 20 species that include both
herbaceous perennials. Lychnis is
Latin for "lamp" which may refer to the use of
leaves as wicks in oil lamps or may apply to the
bright colored flowers.
The genus resembles
Silene but is distinguished by having 5
styles while Silene has 3. Also, its
capsule opening has 5 teeth while those of
Silene have 6.