Red Campion (Silene dioica)


(Silene dioica)

Red Campion is a semi-evergreen perennial wildflower. It’s early pink /red 5 petalled blooms may be seen from late March in the garden normally April onwards. It is most commonly found growing locally on well drained calcareous soils and maybe be seen along hedgerows, field margins, and woodland rides.

Despite only being found locally in the wild it is quite a common species to be added into Wildflower seed mixes. Planted in a wildflower garden alongside a fence or hedge in semi-shade, it is a perfect plant for pollinators such as Bees, hoverflies, butterflies, and moths

Plant Information

  • Name: Red Campion (Silene dioica)
  • Group/Family: Silene – Caryophyllaceae – Catchfly
  • Type: Short lived Perennial
  • Flower Colour: Red
  • Flowering: April-November
  • Soil type: Calcareous, Well drained, Mildly fertile
  • Habitat: Hedgerows, Woodland rides, and cliffs
  • Position: Sun/Shade
  • Height:
  • Similar appearance to: various Campion and Catchfly species
  • Larval food plant:
  • Nectar plant: Bees, Orange-tip
  • Photograph:
  • Location: Growing in my Garden

Red Campion (Silene dioica) -Flowering end of March – Garden

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