Silene dioica

Silene dioica

Red campion

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Silene dioica
  • Common name: Red campion
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

Flower colour:
  • Pink
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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Red campion, Silene dioica, is a pretty, low-maintenence wildflower, bearing delicate pink flowers on tall, rich green stems. Eventually forming bold clumps, Silene dioica is often found growing wild in woodlands and roadside verges. It's easy to grow and tolerant of most soils, but can struggle in acidic conditions.

Silene dioica makes a good addition to a rockery or partially shaded corner, and is a great addition to a moist wildflower meadow. For best results grow in sun to partial shade in moist but well-drained soil. Cut back stems after flowering to encourage a second flush.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Succeeds on poor soil
  • Soil type: Clay/heavy/moist, Boggy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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