Red campion

Silene dioica

Red campion - Silene dioica

Common Name: Red campion
Genus: Silene
Species: dioica

Category: Wildflowers
Growth Rate: Slow growing

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 0.20 m (20 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A dainty native wildflower with rose-pink flowers on upright stems in May and June. Red campion is perfect for naturalising in partially shady areas of a moist wildflower meadow or woodland edge. Commonly found growing in woods and hedgerows, in former times the pounded seed of the plant was used to treat snake bite.

  • Garden care: When sowing seeds do not use a fertiliser since wildflowers prefer poor soils. Dead-head regularly to prolong flowering. In autumn cut the faded flower-heads down to the ground and compost the dead stems.